May 24, 2013 | 07:57 AM (BD Time)
24 May, 2013 Friday
Hillary urges Sudan, S Sudan to close gaps
. BBC Online
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on the two Sudans to settle the disputes that have brought them close to war, as she briefly visited the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
Mrs Clinton is the highest-ranking US official to visit South Sudan since it gained independence last July.
A UN deadline for the nations to resolve disputes over their border and oil transit fees passed on Thursday.
South Sudan is the second stop of Mrs Clinton's seven-country African tour.
"While South Sudan and Sudan have become separate states, their fortunes and their futures remain inextricably linked," she said after meeting South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
"It is urgent that both sides, north and south, follow through and reach timely agreements on all outstanding issues."
Arriving from Senegal via the Ugandan capital Kampala, she was due to spend only a few hours in Juba before returning to Uganda. The US, which helped mediate a 2005 peace accord between Sudan and the former southern rebels, is "heavily invested" in its success, an unnamed US official was quoted saying before Mrs Clinton's arrival in Juba.
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