Sudan Says Border With South Opens for First Time Post-Secession

(Bloomberg) -- Sudan’s government said it opened a border point for trade with South Sudan for the first time since southern independence in 2011, a step that could ease economic troubles in both African nations.

The crossing between Sudan’s White Nile state and South Sudan’s Upper Nile region opened Tuesday, Trade Minister Hatem Elsir told reporters in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The two countries have several times announced plans to allow such crossings, but only permitted the delivery of humanitarian aid to the south, which is mired in a four-year civil war.

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