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Sudan, South Sudan mull joint oil protection force: Minister

Published on Jan 6, 2014 10:45 PM

KHARTOUM (AFP) - Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Monday during a visit to Juba by President Omar al-Bashir to consider setting up a joint force to protect vital oilfields, Sudan's foreign minister said.

"Sudan and South Sudan are in consultations about the deployment of a mixed force to protect the oilfields in the South," Ali Ahmed Karti said, adding that Juba had come up with the proposal.