January 11, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Costello Garang Ring Lual, South Sudan’s presidential advisor, discussed options in Khartoum to reopen the Babanusa-Wau Railway, which connects the two Sudans.
The stretch between Babanusa from West Kordofan and Wau in the state of Upper Nile was fully rehabilitated by the United Nations and reopened in 2010 after the peace agreement was signed in 2005.
However, the route was closed after the outbreak of civil war in late 2013. The two countries agreed to reopen the route in 2018, but this has not happened.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of the Sovereign Council, received Lual, who gave him a message from President Salva Kiir and discussed the need to reopen the 445.5 km long railway line between the two neighboring countries.
“This railway is very important for South Sudan and we want to reopen it to improve trade relations between Sudan and South Sudan,” Lual told reporters in Khartoum at the end of his meeting with al-Burhan.
He added that this line will enable the import and export of products to and from South Sudan through terminals in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.
He stressed that it is easier for the majority of the southern Sudanese who live in the north of the country in the provinces of Bhar El-Ghazal and Upper Nile to meet their needs via Port Sudan.
He added that the railroad that will connect the inland through Mombasa, Kenya, would be better suited for Equatoria province.
An international railroad is under construction to connect Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Mombasa terminals.
The expansion of economic and trade relations between South Sudan and Sudan is seen as a means of reducing tensions between the tribes in the border areas and encouraging the people of both sides to live together peacefully.