The border between Sudan and Chad has reopened after seven years of tension between the two countries, Chadian officials said. This is another sign of recovered relations between the former rivals.
Hassan Ibrahim, a local official in Adre about 34 kilometres (21 miles) from El-Geneina in Darfur, told AFP that the border was reopened last week and traffic is moving freely between the two countries.
“Sudanese taxis are going back and forth and so are the people,” Ibrahim said.
The reopening of the border was also confirmed by an official in Chad’s foreign ministry who requested anonymity, AFP reported.
The Official said the decision was part of the agreement signed in January improving relations between Sudan and Chad. Both countries have also agreed to end their hostilities and to begin direct talks towards peace within their troubled border areas.
Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir and his counterpart Idriss Deby also decided joint force on thier border to finish the presence of rebels on each other’s land.
Chad president Idriss Deby who has visited in Khartoum had “put an end to all the problems” between the two countries.
Both countries accused each other of supporting each other’s rebels, who are mostly based on the borders between Sudan and Chad since 2004.
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in eastern Chad and western Sudan because of clashes in the areas. The Clashes also led international peacekeepers in both countries.