Sudan to reopen border with South Sudan

Published January 28th, 2016 - 11:18 GMT

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the opening of his country's borders with South Sudan for the first time since the south seceded in 2011, according to state news agency SUNA, Euronews reports.

Bashir "issued a decree today ordering the opening of borders with the state of South Sudan," SUNA reported on Wednesday.

It come days after the South Sudan's President Salva K iir announced a normalisation of relations with Sudan, although long running disputes remain unresolved.

South Sudan gained independence as the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended a 22-year civil war.

Both countries have accused the other of backing armed rebellions against the other's government.

Poverty has worsened in South Sudan since the referendum that brought independence, largely due to a brutal civil war between government and opposition forces.

Millions of people are facing severe food shortages, according to aid agencies.

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