Sudan’s Agar jets to Russia for talks over Red Sea nay base

Sudan’s Agar jets to Russia for talks over Red Sea nay base

The Sudanese Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Malik Agar, departed for Russia on Monday to take part in the 27th Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Agar’s trip to Russia aims to strengthen Sudan-Russian ties in the context of Russia’s naval military base talks in the Red Sea.

Agar and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet, hold bilateral talks and focus on the ongoing crisis in Sudan and its wider consequences on the regional and global levels.

According to the latest reports, the idea of exchanging arms and ammunition for the Sudanese arm indicates a change in policy since the old regime fell.

Russia’s proposal for the naval establishment was previously confirmed by Sovereign Council members and Assistant Commander of the Army, Yasir al-Atta, who also pledged to supply the army with arms and ammunition.

He stated that agreements would soon be completed by al-Burhan, the head of the Sovereign Council.

The Sudanese army’s apparent openness to this talk underscores how the geopolitical environment in the area is changing, especially in light of the ongoing fight with the Rapid Support Forces.

On May 1, 2024, Sudan reiterated its commitment to build a Russian naval facility in the Red Sea.

Sudan’s ambassador to Russia, Mohamed Siraj, made it clear that both countries have officially approved the project, which is a logistical support centre.

“This is a logistical support point on the Red Sea, and it has been signed between the two countries,” Siraj stated. “We are currently reviewing the matter within the framework of our bilateral relations, which I believe are developing positively. We hope to strengthen these ties further,” Siraj said.

He said that Moscow and Khartoum are bound by the agreement and that both are in charge of carrying out the project.

Sudan has previously stated that an elected parliament is required for the agreement to be ratified, delaying its implementation. However, the government, commanded by the military has changed its mind due to the continuous battle with the Rapid Support Forces and the purported outside assistance for them. Saudi Arabia had exerted pressure on Sudan to prevent the creation of a Russian base off its coast, on the opposite side of the Red Sea.

There is a widespread belief that Port Sudan has turned to Iran and Russia for help in obtaining the weaponry it needs because Washington and Riyadh have been unable or unable to convince their regional allies to stop supporting extremist groups.