Russian diplomat upbeat over innovative economic agreement with Sudan

Sudanese Prime Minister Mutaz Musa. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Sudanese Prime Minister Mutaz Musa has pledged to create an enabling business climate for Russia in the country.

Local media in Tuesday quoted Musa as saying the new economic horizon with Russia will further boost the already excellent collaboration between the two countries, particularly in the political and diplomatic arena.

Musa made the remarks during a meeting Sunday in Khartoum with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, in the presence of Sudan’s State Minister of Investment Osama Faisal.

For his part, Bogdanov said the meeting helped to further consolidate the continued Sudanese-Russian cooperation, focusing on economic aspects, especially in the fields of oil, gas and agriculture.

He pointed out that the meeting also discussed the ongoing preparations for the meeting of the joint Sudanese-Russian Economic and Trade Cooperation Committee, scheduled to take place in Moscow in mid-December.

The Russian deputy foreign minister explained that the meeting will discuss the prospects of cooperation in various areas, as well as implementing the agreements signed between the two countries.

He lauded the efforts being made by the Sudanese and Russian leadership to boost mutual interests of the peoples of the two countries.

In November 2017, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan travelled to Russia, his first trip to Moscow since he came to power in 1989.

It was just weeks after the US lifted its long-time embargo against Khartoum and months after the sudden death of the Russian ambassador to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky.

During the Bashir-Putin meeting, Bashir expressed his opposition to the US policy towards the Middle East in an attempt to secure Russia’s confidence in Bashir and his government, the International Policy Digest wrote.

Bashir also announced that Khartoum and Moscow’s interests ‘coincide.’ The main purpose of Bashir’s visit was to ask Putin for protection and to present Sudan as the main gateway for Russia in Africa.

© Bur-csa – A.H – Oumaima Mourtada / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)