Al-Bashir orders authorities to open border with S. Sudan

KHARTOUM, Jan 27 (KUNA) — Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir ordered on Wednesday the country’s authorities to open border with South Sudan.
Al-Bashir ordered concerned bodies to implement the decision on the ground, Sudan News Agency reported.
Sudan closed its border with South Sudan in 2013 as Juba accused Khartoum of supporting and hosting insurgents on its soil.
Al-Bashir’s decision came just two days after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir ordered his army to withdraw from border with Sudan to five miles away from the border.
He said in a statement in Juba that he decided to fully normalize relations with Sudan and withdraw all military forces from borders in line with the common borders of 1956. (end)