Khartoum - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has flown out of
Khartoum for an official visit to South Sudan, official media reported on
Friday, in a sign of easing tensions after border clashes last year.
"President Bashir left for Juba accompanied by a
high-level delegation," the state Suna news agency said in a brief
Bashir will be making his first journey over the disputed
frontier since he attended South Sudan's independence celebrations on July 9
2011, following a near-unanimous referendum vote for separation after a 22-year
"President Bashir will discuss in his visit with [President]
Salva Kiir the relations between the two countries and how to develop and
continue these relations for the benefit of both nations," Suna earlier
quoted Mutrif Siddiq, Khartoum's ambassador to Juba, as saying.
"The visit of President Bashir will receive a warm
welcome in Juba from the government and the people of South Sudan," Siddiq
Independence left key issues unresolved between the
impoverished neighbours, who fought along their undemarcated border a year ago,
with intermittent clashes in subsequent months.
But at talks in Addis Ababa in March, Sudan and South Sudan
finally settled on detailed timetables to improve relations by implementing key
economic and security pacts.