S. Sudan looks to Khartoum for help

AFP-JIJI

South Sudan’s oil minister on Sunday sought Sudanese help to restore oil fields damaged during fighting between government and rebel troops, official media reported.

Stephen Dhieu Dau, who met his Sudanese counterpart, Makawi Mohammed Awad, said the visit aimed to benefit “from the Sudanese experience to resume the oil pumping at . . . Unity state’s oil fields,” the SUNA news agency said.

Unity is a key oil producing region of South Sudan, where crude production fell by about 15 percent after fighting began in mid-December, industry sources said earlier.

Forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar have been battling government troops. On Friday, Machar’s rebels lost control of Unity’s capital, Bentiu, to the army.

Oil production formed more than 95 percent of South Sudan’s fledgling economy before the fighting began.