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Chad Seeks Improved Relations with Sudan

Chad's foreign minister says his country wants to improve strained relations with neighboring Sudan.

Ahmat Allami spoke after returning Tuesday from Khartoum where he and Sudanese officials talked about normalizing ties and cooperating on security along the countries' shared border.

Sudan's state news agency reports that a high-level governmental delegation will travel to Chad in the coming days to continue discussions with the Chadian government.

Chad's president cut diplomatic relations with Khartoum in April after what he said was Sudan's backing for a coup attempt against him.

The diplomatic breakthrough was initiated by Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi on the sidelines of last month's African Union summit in The Gambia.

Chad shares its eastern border with Sudan's turbulent Darfur region.

President Idris Deby has accused Sudan of backing Chadian rebels, while Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has accused Chad of backing rebels who are fighting Sudanese government forces in Darfur.

The international rights group Human Rights Watch says both governments are supporting armed groups that commit serious crimes in eastern Chad.

Roughly 200,000 Sudanese have taken refuge in camps in eastern Chad, while thousands of Chadians have fled into Darfur.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.