Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has today arrived in Juba, South Sudan on his first official two-day visit since becoming PM.
Hamdok, who is heading an 18-member transitional government following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir, is set to meet South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir as well as Sudanese opposition leaders.
Speaking on his arrival, the PM said he was very delighted to be in his second home, Juba, adding that efforts are being made to develop and sustain a strategic and distinguished relationship, that will address issues of trade, borders, oil and free movement of people between the two nations of Sudan and South Sudan.
It would be recalled that in 2011, after decades of bloody war with Khartoum, South Sudan split from the north tp become the world’s youngest nation.
However, two years later, it plunged into its own internal conflict, with serious consequences.
While tensions remain high between South and North Sudan over ongoing border disputes and the transfer of oil to the North, the two nations have been making efforts to normalize ties in recent years.