Juba, Aug. 1 (SUNA) – The President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, has received a written message from the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, dealing with the bilateral relations and means of boosting the cooperation between the two countries.

The message was handed to President Kiir by the Secretary General of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Al-Ghali Ali Yousif.

In a press statement after his meeting with President Kiir, Lt. Gen. Al-Ghali described the relations between Khartoum and Juba as firm and distinguished, referring to the close cooperation between the two countries in different fields.

Lt. Gen. Al-Ghali said that his visit to Juba aims to deliver a written message from the President of the Sovereign Council to the President of the Republic of South Sudan and offering condolences to the Security Affairs Advisor of the President of South Sudan, Tut Galwak, indicating that the meeting with President Salva Kiir was fruitful, and successful and focused on the ways to consolidate the cooperation Sudan and South Sudan.

He stated that the meeting also dealt with the technical aspects related to the flow of crude oil from South Sudan to the export ports in Sudan.

On his part, the acting Minister of Energy and Oil, Engineer Mohamed Abdalla Mahmoud, said that the meeting with the President of the Republic of South Sudan was an opportunity to thank South Sudan government for the fulfilling its obligations in the previous oil agreements since 2012, which ended in March 2022, stressing that the state of the south fulfilled its full financial commitments to compensate for the Sudanese economy after the separation.

He said that the meeting stressed the need for cooperation with regard to increasing oil production, in addition to the sitting of the two parties, represented by the two ministries of oil in the two countries, to formulate a new agreement, noting that the new agreements will focus on the right of the two countries' sovereignty over their natural resources and that no country should take unilateral measures that affect the oil industry in the two countries.

He said that the government of Sudan is committed to the processing and transporting South Sudan's crude oil to the export ports.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Presidential Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan, Barnaba Benjamin, affirmed firmness of the bilateral relations between Khartoum and Juba, noting that the visit of the high-level delegation led by the Secretary General of the Sovereignty Council assured the firm and eternal relations between the two countries.

He said that the delegation’s meeting with President Salva Kiir touched on many issues of the joint cooperation, especially in the oil field and the issues of peace and stability in the two brotherly countries, saying that the two peoples are one nation in two countries.

It is to be noted that the Sudanese delegation included, in addition to the Secretary General of the Sovereignty Council, the Chairman of the Peace Commission, Prof. Suleiman Al-Debello, the acting Minister of Energy and Oil, Eng. Mohamed Abdalla Mahmoud, and the Chargé d'Affaires at the Sudanese Embassy in Juba, Ambassador Jamal Malik Ahmed Guraish.

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