Sudan and South Africa have agreed to form a joint ministerial committee to reinforce economic cooperation between the two countries. South African President Jacob Zuma concluded a two day visit to Sudan on Sunday (February 1) during which he held talks with President Omer Hassan al-Bashir. Sudanese Foreign minister, Ali Karti said the talks focused on the economic partnership between the two countries and said that Sudan would benefit from South African agricultural, industrial and mining technologies, as well as training of Sudanese personnel. The two sides issued a joint communiqué instructing the foreign ministers to complete procedures of establishing the joint ministerial committee between the two countries. They reaffirmed their commitment to reinforcing economic relations by encouraging private and public enterprises to become involved in establishing partnerships. The two leaders emphasized the importance of sub- regional African organizations in achieving economic integration and peace and security and stability. They also called on all parties involved in the conflict in South Sudan to show leadership and responsibility to bring the conflict to an end.