KHARTOUM, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday announced opening of the border as well as the border land and river passages with South Sudan, directing for implementation of the cooperation agreement between the two countries, official Sudan Radio reported.
Al-Bashir made the announcement at a meeting with Sudan's Ambassador to South Sudan Mutrif Siddiq, who is to head to Juba to assume his tasks, the report said.
It added that al-Bashir directed for working to implement the joint cooperation agreement recently signed between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa.
In April, Sudan announced closing of its border with South Sudan and declared a state of emergency after South Sudan's army occupied the oil-rich area of Higlieg before it was restored by the Sudanese army shortly afterwards.
In September, Sudan and South Sudan signed a package of agreements on various issues at the conclusion of a presidential summit between the two countries' presidents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Witnessed by the members of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), the two sides have inked three deals on cooperation, security and post-secession.