South Sudan and Sudan to setup joint military operations

Gen Kamal Abdel Marouf al-Mahi SAF chief of staff receives South Sudanese counterpart Gen Gabriel Jok Riak(Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

Gen Kamal Abdel Marouf al-Mahi SAF chief of staff receives South Sudanese counterpart Gen Gabriel Jok Riak(Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

Oct 3, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — The Sudanese Government is expected to conduct joint military exercises, strengthen ties with the Government of South Sudan and work out outstanding security files between the two countries as agreed upon in 2012.

According to a statement issued by the Sudanese Chief of Staff, the talks between the two countries were focusing on the formation of joint military training between the Sudan People’s Libation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan Army Forces (SAF) which is scheduled to take place before the end of this year.  

The meeting between Sudan’s Army Chief-of-General Staff, Lieutenant General Kamal Abdel Marouf and his South Sudanese counterpart Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak that took place on Tuesday, in the Sudanese Capital Khartoum, was aimed at finding possible solutions resolve pending issues.

On his part, the South Sudanese Chief of General Gen. Jok Riak raised the issues relating to the security arrangement and operationalization of the buffer zone.

The Sudanese army Chief said the efforts made by the Sudanese mediation helped narrow gaps between the warring parties and strengthened relations with the Governments of the two Sudans.

Sudan and its neighboring South Sudan signed an agreement in September 2012 to establish a demilitarized buffer zone in a bid to curb transnational crimes between the two countries; however, the cooperation agreements are faced by political mistrust, economic failures and civil wars in both countries.