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Sudanese president orders changes to oil deal with South Sudan

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KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's state-run news agency says the Sudanese President Omar Bashir has ordered revisions to the economic agreements struck with South Sudan in a positive gesture to the breakaway southern state.

SUNA said that the changes come after a visit by South Sudan's foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin in January when he requested a reduction in the fees Khartoum charges for processing and transporting oil from South Sudan to its northern neighbor.

The pipeline between the two countries is operated by Khartoum's government.

The request was made following a sharp decline in international oil prices. Sudan charges $24.5 a barrel, according to an economic deal struck in 2012.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after years of civil war.

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