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Sudan:Sudanese president says cooperation, good neighborliness to characterize relations with south Sudan

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Laaska News  July 9,2011

KHARTOUM, July 8 (Xinhua) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Friday reiterated that cooperation and good neighborliness would characterize his country’s relations with the upcoming south Sudan state, to officially be declared independent on Saturday.

Cooperation will be the dominating nature, particularly with regard to securing the borders so that they will be for exchanging benefits and facilitating the movement of the citizens and commodities,” said al-Bashir at a joint press conference with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma who arrived in Khartoum Friday.

Al-Bashir reiterated his country’s willingness to assist south Sudan state, saying “we declare our readiness to cooperate with south Sudan to surpass the phase of the establishment of a state to ensure that it will be a stable, safe and developed state.”

“We have fulfilled all the items of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and respected the desire of the southern Sudan sons to establish their state. Tomorrow we will be in Juba as witnesses and participants in the official declaration of south Sudan state,” he added.

President Jacob Zuma, for his part, said Sudan “has demonstrated and (served as an) example in the (African) continent.

He reiterated his country’s support for Sudan and the south Sudan state, saying “we would like to guarantee that south Africa will always be there, as it has been there, to be with you together with the new state in the south, and to do whatever we can to give the support to make your journey to a two states that will be cooperating.”

He added “it is not an easy way to have a country been divided, but I think you have shown greater understanding that if the people in the south wish for this.”

The Sudan government on Friday officially announced its recognition of the south Sudan state only hours before the official declaration of the birth of the new state in a celebration to be attended by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Juba on Saturday.

Xinhua.

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