Dmitry Medvedev’s meeting with President of the Republic of the Sudan Omar Al-Bashir

The parties discussed the development of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Sudan, including joint projects in energy, industrial production, agriculture and other areas.

Dmitry Medvedev’s meeting with President of the Republic of the Sudan Omar Al-Bashir

Documents signed following the talks

Excerpts from the transcript:

Dmitry Medvedev: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome! I am happy to meet you. We spoke once on the phone in October 2010. It has been a long time since then and I am glad you are visiting Russia as the President of Sudan for the first time.

Last year, Russia and Sudan marked 60 years of diplomatic relations, which are based on a very strong foundation. Yesterday, you held talks with President Putin in Sochi. I would like to point out once again that the Republic of the Sudan is an important partner for Russia among the Arab and African countries. In the past years, Russia’s relations with the countries in the region have intensified. Our governments can also make a contribution to expanding our relations. Next month, the intergovernmental commission is meeting in Khartoum to discuss current issues. Today we are signing a substantial portfolio of documents, including two intergovernmental agreements, one on civilian nuclear power industry and another on visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic passports.

Once again, welcome, Mr President. I hope your visit to our country will be productive.

Omar Al-Bashir (via interpreter): Mr Prime Minister, ministers, I am happy to meet with you. It is a great honour for us to come to Russia, and we are pleased to be here. This visit comes as evidence of our relations of friendship and mutual understanding that have developed between our countries and are growing stronger. We confirm our striving and strong desire to advance our relations to the strategic level, in keeping with our aspiration. We are also grateful for Russia’s support for the Sudanese national dialogue, the final session of which was attended by Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov.

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Documents signed following the talks:

Signing of documents

−  Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of the Sudan on Visa-Free Travel by the Holders of Diplomatic Passports

Signed by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour;

− Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of the Sudan on Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

Signed by CEO of Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation Alexei Likhachev and Sudanese Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Muataz Musa Abdalla Salim;

− Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Sudanese Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research on Cooperation in Higher Education

Signed by Russian Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva and Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour;

− Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Cooperation in Agriculture

Signed by Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev and Sudanese Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Abdul-Latif al-Ajaimi;

− Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Ministry of Energy and the Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum and Gas on Cooperation in the Oil and Gas Industry

Signed by Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Kirill Molodtsov and Sudanese Minister of Oil and Gas Abdul Rahman Osman Fadul;

− Memorandum of Understanding between Rosgeologia JSC and the Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum and Gas

Signed by Rosgeologia CEO Roman Panov and Sudanese Minister of Oil and Gas Abdul Rahman Osman Fadul;

− Agreement on the assignment of licence blocks for geological exploration purposes between Kush for Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. and the Sudanese Ministry of Minerals

Signed by CEO of Kush for Exploration & Production Co. Ltd. (Kush E&P) Yevgeny Aleksandrov and General Manager of the Geological Research Authority at the Sudanese Ministry of Minerals Mohamed Abu Fatima Abdullah;

−  Concession agreements on gold mining between Russian company M Invest and the Sudanese Ministry of Minerals

Signed by Regional Director at M Invest (Russia) Mikhail Potyopkin and Sudanese Minister of Minerals Hashim Ali Salim.