The Director of General Administration to Combat smuggling, of the Sudanese Customs Authority, Maj. Gen. Razine Suleiman Mustafa, has announced that his administration will establish advanced camps on the border between Sudan and South Sudan to combat smuggling.
The Customs Administration official, who visited White Nile state today, indicated to the official Sudan news Agency (SUNA) that the well-equipped camps aim to stop smuggling, prevent the delivery of bad foodstuffs and drugs, that are harmful to the national economy and security of communities.
The Director General of the White Nile Police, Major General Qureshi, stressed the importance of these advanced camps in border protection and the preservation of the security of the community.
In January this year, Sudan’s President Al Bashir ordered the opening of the Sudan-South Sudan border for the first time since the secession of South Sudan in 2011.
There is still no firm agreement over the 2,010-kilometre border between the two countries. Both sides claim areas rich with oil.
Another source of tension is the transit fees charged by Sudan for South Sudanese oil, which must flow through Sudanese pipelines to reach the export point at Port Sudan.