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Sudan agrees to restore ties with Chad, says Senegalese Foreign minister

Posted by African Press International on July 18, 2008

Sudanese President Hassan Omar al Bashir has agreed to resume diplomatic ties with his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby, Senegalese Foreign Affairs minister, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio said here on Thursday evening.

“The president of Sudan, Hassan Omar al Bashir, agrees to restore ties between Chad and Sudan, in response to the solemn call by his brother President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal”, Gadio read the final communiqu of the fourth session of the Contact Group experts in charge of implementing the Chadian-Sudanese peace agreement.

These experts met on Thursday in Dakar with the attendance of all the delegations from countries of the Contact Group.

Among other conclusions, the military experts estimated at US$30.5million, the provisional amount necessary to deploy a peace and security force at the Chad-Sudan border.

A delegation of this Contact Group is due at the United Nations headquarters in New York to meet Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on the sidelines of the next UN session.

According to Gadio, this delegation will be made up of foreign affairs ministers from countries of the Contact Group – Congo, Gabon, Libya, Eritrea, Senegal, Sudan, and Chad.

Senegal on Thursday called on Chadian and Sudanese leaders to resume diplomatic relations which they had severed on 11 May following accusations that Chad was supporting Sudanese rebels against the regime of President al Bashir.

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