KHARTOUM, -- Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to settle all security and political issues between them and to re-open a crossing point on their common border within three weeks and re-affirmed the need for security and stability to prevail in the region.

Taban Deng, the visiting First Vice President of South Sudan, told journalists after meeting Sudanese President Omar Bashir here Monday that the situation in South Sudan was now stable and that his country was keen to implement all the agreements signed with Sudan and avoid returning to the situation of war.

He stressed that "our choice is to have peace in South Sudan".

He said his visit to Khartoum came within the context of the dialogue within one family with the view to achieve peace in the two countries, while calling on Sudan to help South Sudan achieve stability and security.

He stressed that South Sudan would never be a launching pad for any hostile action against the Sudan and expressed hope that Sudan would not be a launching pad for former South Sudan first vice-president Riek Machar.

He appealed to Machar's SPLA-N to listen to the call for peace, stressing that South Sudan would work to back this trend and for the prevalence of peace in all the bigger Sudan region. Stability of the two Sudans will be stability for the whole region, he added.

Taban appreciated the directives given by the Sudanese president that immediate assistance be given to the people of South Sudan from Sudan's strategic reserve food stockpile from the Kosti River port to Juba and via land to Bahar Gazal and Western Bahr Gazal and Upper Nile and Liri areas.

Taban appealed for assistance from Sudan to the people of South Sudan politically and economically, saying that assistance on the operation of the Nile in South Sudan's Unity State would boost the economy of the two counties and that the same is applicable for the oil fields in Sudan's Upper Nile region.

He said there were some strategic projects being planned between the two countries including the overland road from Port Sudan to Nimule in South Sudn, referring to the many resources that South Sudan sits on and which have not been exploited yet.

He said the Minister of Defence had been instructed to immediately implement the execution of the security issues agreed upon.

Source: Nam News Network

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