Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir late on 27th January 2016, ordered the opening of her border with South Sudan for the first time since the south seceded in 2011.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir ordered the immediate withdrawal of the country’s troops from the border she shares with Sudan in a move expected to ease the tensions between the two neighbors.
Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan have been very high fueled by the south seceding from Sudan to become the world youngest independent nation.
In what has been seen as the first major step towards thawing the relations between the two countries; Sudan’s President Omar al- Bashir decreed the immediate opening of the border between the two countries with a directive to the relevant authorities to adequately implement the decree on the ground.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has also ordered the withdrawal of the country’s troops at the border between South Sudan and Sudan with immediate effect in a move that is indicating the hopes for the countries to enjoy better diplomatic relations.
The normalization of the two countries’ relations is preceded by Sudan’s decision to cut transit fees for South Sudanese oil crossing through Sudan to the Red Sea via pipeline as well as the mutual agreement to actualize the border demilitarization agreement of 2012.
Sudan and South Sudan have over the past years accused each other of supporting rival armed rebellion against each other governments which has created a major stalemate between the two countries.