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Juba, Khartoum ink a deal to resume Unity’s oil production

Author : Alhadi Hawari | Published: Monday, January 13, 2014

The Ministry of Petroleum and Sudan’s Ministry of oil have signed an agreement to resume oil production in Unity state.

The agreement comes three days after government forces recaptured Bentiu town from soldiers loyal to Dr. Riek Machar.

The Minister of Petroleum and Mining said the agreement includes security measures for oil workers in the area.

“Currently, South Sudan is facing some security problems, that is why we visited the Ministry of Oil in Sudan, so that it can help the oil companies to acquire materials necessary for the resumption of oil production, because the continuation of oil flow through Sudan is in the interest of the two nations – that is Sudan and South Sudan,” Mr. Stephen Dhieu told journalists in Khartoum.

The Sudanese Minister of Oil, Makawi Mohamed Ahmed, said his government has formed a technical committee to ensure oil production is not interfered with in South Sudan.

“We’re ready to provide any assistance they need, because we have seen that the oil is the second link between the two nations after the river.”

The two ministers agreed to continue refining South Sudan’s oil in Sudan despite the ongoing crisis.

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