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Sudan threatens to close border with South Sudan within days

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Khartoum – Sudan has threatened to close its border with South Sudan within days if its neighbour did not expel militant groups.

Kamal Ismail, Minister of state in the Foreign Ministry, said on Monday in Khartoum that South Sudan had pledged to expel the militant groups within 21 days during a visit last month.

Sudan regularly accuses its neighbour of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions that run along its southern border.

Ismail said Khartoum would re-seal the border if its neighbour did not meet this promise.

The position of the border, particularly in the contested Abyei area, has been a constant source of tension, as has the legal status of southerners left living in the north and vice versa.

(Edited by Hawa Lawal and Abdullahi Yusuf)

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