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Kiir in Sudan ahead of oil deadline

03 September 2013, 13:39

Khartoum - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir landed in Khartoum on Tuesday for a summit aimed at averting a shutdown of oil pipelines vital to both stricken economies, an AFP reporter said.

Kiir, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, arrived on a Kenya Airways jet at about 07:10 GMT. The South Sudanese leader was welcomed on the tarmac by his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir and cabinet ministers as a military band played.

Sudan has threatened to close from Friday the lines carrying landlocked South Sudan's oil exports - virtually its only source of foreign revenue.

Analysts expect Bashir will use the oil issue to earn concessions from the South on issues including its alleged support for rebels in the north.

Kiir last visited Khartoum in October 2011, a few months after his country became independent from Sudan under a peace deal which ended a 23-year civil war.




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