One month after severing diplomatic ties with Chad, Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, has agreed to resume them, following an unprecedented rebel attack near Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
After an appeal by Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal’s president, who has been trying to broker peace between the two sides, Mr Bashir agreed to the turnaround, said a statement issued by senior officials from both countries meeting in Senegal on Thursday.
Chad has been accused by neighbouring Sudan of supporting Darfur-based rebels. In May, they launched an attack near Khartoum, which was the closest they had ever come to hitting the seat of Sudan’s government.
Immediately afterwards, Sudan cut diplomatic ties with Chad, which in turn closed its border with Sudan, halting bilateral trade.
In March, a peace agreement had been brokered in Dakar by Mr Wade, which was signed by the presidents of Sudan and Chad.
Though the deal aimed at suppressing attacks by armed groups operating along their shared border, it has failed to ease instability in the region.