Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the opening of his country’s border with South Sudan for the first time since the latter seceded in 2011. The move comes days after reports that South Sudan has ordered its troops to withdraw a short way from the border. Mr Bashir has asked the Sudanese authorities to “take all measures” for the reopening, state news agency Suna reported. South Sudan gained independence as the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended a 22-year civil war. The new country descended into civil war in 2013 when fighting broke out between forces loyal to Mr Kiir and his former deputy Rick Machar, splitting the country down ethnic lines. Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries including Sudan.