ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan have reached nine agreements but did not work out the issues surrounding the contested Abyei region or the demarcation of their shared border.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir said the two countries would sign a "protocol of collaboration" on Thursday.
Atif Kiir, a South Sudan spokesman, said late Wednesday that Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and Kiir agreed on economic issues and a buffer zone between their borders to allow oil exports.
Kiir said that oil exports — which South Sudan shut down earlier this year — would resume and that only "technical work" remains.
South Sudan broke free from Sudan in July, 2011 in a referendum that has put an end to one of the region's deadliest and longest conflicts.