Dr Muttrif Sideeg Ali (Left), the Sudanese Ambassador upon arrival at the Juba Airport. [Gurtong | Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 11 October 2012 [Gurtong] - “We are here for participation of the reception of the Ambassador Dr. Muttrif Sideeg Ali,” Magdi Ahmed, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Sudanese embassy in Juba told press at the Juba airport.
Muttrif is expected to present his credentials to the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit next week.
Muttrif’s arrival to Juba came after South Sudanese first Ambassador to Sudan presented his credentials last month to President Omar Al Bashir in Khartoum.
Magdi said Dr. Muttrif’s mission on behalf of the Sudanese government is aimed at intensifying diplomatic relations with South Sudan.
“And now we are entering in to a new face of our bilateral relations with South Sudan as you all know. In spite of all our difficulties in the past we still do belief that Sudan and South Sudan they do share common interests,” Magdi said.
“There are many bonds that link the two peoples together. There are cultural, economic, social and political bonds that bring the two people together,” he added.
The two foes; Sudan and South Sudan last month signed a partial deal on post secession issues including a cooperation agreement inked by the heads of the two states.
Both countries have thousands of their citizens residing in either country.
Prior to South Sudan secession, relations between the two States had remained futile. The duo reached a brink of war in April this year in a military attempt to resolve their differences.
The biter relations between the two countries placed their economies in to hardships with rising inflations that threaten lives of the ordinary citizens. The situation became hard after South Sudan shutdown her oil production early this year.
Magdi however said the agreement stroke between the two states has opened a new chapter for peace stability and sustainability between the two countries especially in economic and security sectors.
“So am very optimistic that after the signing of the Addis Ababa cooperation of agreement we have open a new chapter of relations between Sudan and South Sudan,” he said.
“I would also like to reiterate the full commitment of the Sudan government to the implementation of the agreement signed in Addis Ababa both in letter and in spirit. Secondly Sudan government is fully committed to the negotiations on the remaining issues so that we can reach a peaceful negotiated settlement of the two issues remaining; Abyei and border issues,” he added.
South Sudan thinks Sudan’s move to send her Ambassador to Juba marks another step in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
“We look at this as first aspect of relationship between Sudan and South Sudan. This will allow the flow of goodness and the understanding between the two peoples of the two countries,” Mustafa Lowoh South Sudanese government official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.