Sudan opens border with South Sudan for first time since 2011 secession

Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered the opening of his country’s border with South Sudan for the first time since the south’s secession in 2011, state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday. “President Omar al-Bashir issued a decree today ordering the opening of borders with the state of South Sudan and ordered the relevant

authorities to take all measures required to implement this decision on the ground,” SUNA reported. The border was closed in 2011 when relations deteriorated after the south seceded following a long civil war, taking with it three quarters of the country’s oil, estimated at 5 billion barrels of proven reserves by the US Energy Information Administration.



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