Sudan, Chad agree to remove all border obstacles

KHARTOUM, Sudan and Chad on Wednesday agreed to promote bilateral cooperation and remove all legal, administrative and security obstacles on borders.

Sudan’s President Omar Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby signed recommendations of the conference on security and development of border areas.

The two-day conference discussed several topics on security, economy, trade, investment, society and culture, information, youth, sports, agriculture and transportation.

Al-Bashir affirmed his country’s abidance by transforming all recommendations of the conference into programs to facilitate the movement of goods and citizens through borders, according to Sudan News Agency (SUNA) today.

He stressed the importance of developing the free zone between the two countries to facilitate the exchange of goods, and establish new industrial zones and urban housing development areas as well as remove barriers on the movement of citizens and goods, and promote economic and commercial cooperation.

Al-Bashir emphasized the success of Sudanese-Chadian forces’ experiment, announcing that they agreed to back them by some police forces in response to the recommendations of the conference.

He announced that his country is commitment to providing all necessary services to help Chad use Sudanese ports, adding that the conference will be hosted periodically by the two countries.

Meanwhile, Deby stressed his country’s commitment to implementing the conference’s recommendations to serve common interests and promote bilateral cooperative relations.

He referred to the necessity of completing railways project between the two countries.

The recommendations aim to support the Sudan-Chad forces’ experiment to assume their role and expand activities to reach Central Africa, he said.

He commended the big successes made by these forces in backing stability and security, and achieving peaceful co-existence on the Sudan-Chad border.

He went to say that the two political leaderships back finding permanent resolutions to all problems hindering development and welfare of nations along borders.

The conference was held on April 24-25 in Genaina, the capital of west Darfur State.

Source: Kuwait News Agency