Sudan’s army asserts neutrality over situation in S. Sudan
South Sudan People's Army (SPLA) spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer - AP/File

KHARTOUM, Sudan: Spokesman of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Colonel Khaled Saad al-Sawarmi asserted Tuesday that Khartoum stood at the same distance from rival parties in South Sudan. 

Al-Sawarmi denied reports claiming providing training to rebels from the newly established country.

The reports were attributed to South Sudan People’s Army (SPLA) spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer.

The boarder area between the two countries of Heglig and the oil-rich town of Kharasana witnessed heavy presence of refugees coming from South Sudan, the SAF’s spokesman said, adding they received help from various foreign human rights bodies.

He described the reports as a bid to foil a planned visit by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit to Khartoum.

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