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Bashir accepts invite to South Sudan

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has accepted an invite to visit South Sudan.

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has accepted an invite to visit South Sudan.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir called Bashir to discuss oil trade across the two countries and the easing of tensions across the blurry borders.

Thus far, no date has been set for the summit, but the long-awaited meeting is predicated to be of great benefit to both countries.

The split between Sudan and South Sudan was Africa's largest.

South Sudan gained independence on July 9, 2011.

To date, this is the only split allowed by the African Union (AU).

African eyes will not be the only ones focused on the summit.

China will certainly be observing the forthcoming meeting between the two neighbours, as the Asian superpower purchases most of its oil from South Sudan.

The meeting would be Bashir's first trip to Juba since he attended South Sudan's declaration of independence in July 2011.

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