South Sudan’s Petroleum Minister, Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth, told reporters at Juba International Airport on August 23, that the two countries have agreed to extend the oil deal, allowing South Sudan to transit its oil trough Sudan. An earlier cooperation agreement, signed in 2012, will expire in November 2016.
South Sudan dispatched a high level delegation, led by First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, to Khartoum on Sunday, August 21, were they held bilateral talks with Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir and other senior government officials.
“We have agreed to extend the cooperation agreement between the two countries[…]. This is a victory to us, and we have agreed to meet again within 30 days to finalise it,” said Gatkuoth.
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Kuol Manyang Juuk, South Sudan’s Defence Minister, said they also agreed to reopen borders within 21 days to allow resumption of trade between the two countries, adding that the two neighbours also agreed to halt supporting rebels.
“All these armed movements in the two countries will come to an end within 21 days because we have agreed to restore our relations,” Manyang said.
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Sudan also pledged 250,000 bags of grains in humanitarian aid to support needy people in Bentiu, Aweil and Juba.
South Sudan’s breakaway from Sudan in July 2011 was followed by tense relations amid disputes about the oil-rich Abyei area and accusations of each country supporting rebels groups in the other country.
Oil production dropped following the escalation of violence since 2013 in the country’s two main oil producing states, Upper Nile State and Unity State.
Before fighting broke out almost three years ago, South Sudan produced close to 400,000 barrels per day. Gatkuoth said today the country is only pumping 133,000 barrels per day.