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Latest update : 2008-07-18

Sudan has agreed to restore diplomatic relations with Chad severed in May after Khartoum accused the Chadians of supporting an attack by Darfur rebels, the Senegalese presidency has said after bilateral meetings in Dakar.

DAKAR, July 18 (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan
al-Bashir has agreed to restore diplomatic ties with
neighbouring Chad, broken off in May after a rebel attack on the
Sudanese capital Khartoum, mediator Senegal said on Friday.

Senegal's government announced the move following a meeting
in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Thursday between the Sudanese
and Chadian foreign ministers and African Union guarantors of a
March peace deal between the two feuding neighbours.

Sudan cut diplomatic ties with Chad on May 11 a day after
rebels from the west Sudanese region of Darfur attacked the
capital Khartoum. Bashir said the attackers were Chadians backed
by Chad's government, though Chad denied involvement.

Chad and Sudan have accused each other repeatedly of
supporting rebellions in their respective territories since
conflict began in Darfur in 2003.

Rebel forces have twice raided Chad's capital N'Djamena in
the last two years, most recently in February 2008.

Senegal brokered a peace deal between the two governments at
an Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit which it hosted
the following month, although the deal did little to smooth
tense relations between Chad and Sudan or violence on their
common border.

Date created : 2008-07-18