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South Sudan's vice president to visit Khartoum

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan's vice president will visit Khartoum next week, Sudanese state media said on Thursday, marking the highest-level talks since Sudan threatened to cut off cross-border oil flows almost two weeks ago. Bilateral ties hit a new low this month when Sudan said it would halt oil exports that pass through Sudan for shipment abroad within 60 days unless Juba gave up support for rebels operating across the shared border. Juba denies the claims.

Sudan officially notifies it will halt oil exports

By Hereward Holland JUBA (Reuters) - Sudan officially informed South Sudan on Tuesday that it would freeze their oil and economic agreements and stop allowing its neighbor to export crude through its territory within two months. Sudan on Sunday said it would close the two export pipelines from South Sudan within 60 days unless Juba gave up support for insurgents operating across their shared border. South Sudan denies its backs any rebels.

Sudan formally orders firms to shut South's oil flow

Sudan's oil ministry formally told oil companies on Tuesday to block exports of South Sudanese crude following an order from President Omar al-Bashir. Oil Minister Awad Ahmad al-Jaz presented the written directive in a meeting with senior executives of the GNPOC joint operating company and Petrodar, the ministry said. It orders them "to stop the process of transportation and exporting South Sudanese oil within 60 days starting from Sunday, June 9," the ministry said.

Sudan formally orders firms to shut South's oil flow

Sudan's oil ministry formally told oil companies on Tuesday to block the export flow of South Sudanese crude oil, following an order from President Omar al-Bashir. Oil Minister Awad Ahmad al-Jaz presented the written directive in a meeting with senior executives of the GNPOC joint operating company and Petrodar, the ministry said. It orders them "to stop the process of transportation and exporting South Sudanese oil within 60 days starting from Sunday June 9", the ministry said.

Sudan formally orders firms to shut South's oil flow

Sudan's oil ministry on Tuesday formally told oil companies to block the export flow of South Sudanese crude, following an order from President Omar al-Bashir. Oil Minister Awad Ahmad al-Jaz presented the written directive in a meeting Tuesday with senior executives of the GNPOC joint operating company and Petrodar, the ministry said in a statement. It orders them "to stop the process of transportation and exporting South Sudanese oil within 60 days starting from Sunday June 9", the ministry said.

Sudan edges back from oil showdown with South

By Ulf Laessing and Hereward Holland KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) - Sudan edged back from a day-old order to block all oil exports from South Sudan on Sunday, saying it could reverse its decision if its neighbor stopped backing rebels, and bringing the countries back from the brink of confrontation. The standoff, even if it is eventually resolved, was a stark reminder of the unpredictability of this small but, for China and other Asian buyers and producers, still significant corner of the crude industry.

S.Sudan, Sudan leaders talk to defuse disputed zone clash

The presidents of South Sudan and Sudan held talks in a bid to ease tensions after deadly clashes in Abyei, a region claimed by both sides, officials said Monday. The talks came after UN leader Ban Ki-moon and the African Union appealed for calm in the flashpoint area following the killing of a tribal chief and a UN peacekeeper on Saturday. "Our president has been in direct contact with president Bashir... they exchanged ideas about this sad incident," South Sudan's Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told reporters.

S.Sudan, Sudan leaders talk to defuse disputed zone clash

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has spoken with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in a bid to ease tensions after deadly clashes in Abyei, a region claimed by both sides, officials said Monday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the African Union have appealed for calm in the flashpoint area after the killing of a tribal chief and a UN peacekeeper on Saturday. "Our president has been in direct contact with president Bashir... they exchanged ideas about this sad incident," South Sudan's Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told reporters.

Thousands needy after Sudan rebel attacks

Thousands of Sudanese need food, water and shelter, a source in an aid organisation said on Tuesday, after they fled a widening rebel offensive that swept through a previously peaceful area. The source in Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) told AFP that several thousand from one district alone, Abu Kershola, had converged on the North Kordofan town of El Rahad. "They are in a miserable situation," said the source, asking for anonymity. He said a team from HAC is in the area to assess people's needs.

Thousands needy after Sudan rebel attacks

Thousands of Sudanese need food, water and shelter, a source in an aid organisation said on Tuesday, after they fled a widening rebel offensive that swept through a previously peaceful area. The source in Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) told AFP that several thousand from one district alone, Abu Kershola, had converged on the North Kordofan town of El Rahad. "They are in a miserable situation," said the source, asking for anonymity. He said a team from HAC is in the area to assess people's needs.
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