Sudan and South Sudan police chiefs on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at expanding cooperation between both sides.

Director General of Sudan’s Police, General Adil Mohamed and his delegation, held meetings with the South Sudan team led by Inspector General of Police Gen. Majak Akec Malok, in the capital Juba. The Sudanese team arrived in Juba on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after the signing of the cooperation agreement at the Ministry of Interior, Gen. Majak said both sides signed a bilateral agreement after thorough discussions. He pointed out that plans are underway to open border crossings between Sudan and South Sudan.

“Regarding the issue of border crossings with Sudan, we have been directed by President Salva Kiir to open the four border crossings, so we are working to open the border crossings in October,” he said.

According to the police chief, the memorandum of understanding signed by the two sides focuses on training of South Sudan police and joint cooperation.

“There is a good cooperation between us and our doors are open for all Sudanese who are here. In conclusion, I can say the visit of the Sudanese delegation is successful,” Majak said.

“We will also follow-up on the issue of pensions for organized forces of South Sudan. We will go to Sudan to finalize the issue,” he added.

In his remarks, the Director General of Sudan Police Adil Mohamed noted that the MoU between Sudan police and South Sudan police focuses on cooperation between the two institutions.

“The MoU encompasses all aspects of cooperation between us. Also, we have agreed on a matrix for training of South Sudan police and other issues of mutual concern that will be shared by the two sides,” Mohamed said.

The Sudanese police chief promised to implement the agreement signed with South Sudan police.

In September 2012, Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of joint cooperation agreements, which covered oil, security issues, banking, citizenship rights, border trade among others.

However, the execution of the cooperation agreements didn’t go according to the implementation matrix.

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