Ethiopian, S. Sudanese officials discuss security, trade

(EBC; August 10, 2017) - The governor of South Sudan's Maiwut state, Maj. Gen. Bol Ruach Rom Wednesday said he agreed with Ethiopian authorities to open border for trade and to prevent rebel presence in the border area.

The meeting which was held in Pagak took place after the capture of the border town from the armed opposition fighters last Sunday.

The governor was accompanied by military officers leading operations that captured the rebel headquarters.

In statements to Sudan Tribune after the meeting, Rom said the discussions with the Ethiopian authorities were productive, adding they came out with important decisions and plans of actions.

"One important decision was the agreement allowing us to open border and resume normal bilateral activities. And this has been done," Rom said.

"The two countries have agreed to deploy custom and immigration officers recognized by the leaderships of the two countries and the legitimate governments", he said.

"We also agreed that no illegal movement should be allowed," he further added.

The proposed move to open the border is expected to facilitate the transportation of goods and services between the two neighboring countries.

Source: Sudan Tribune