Sudan Says Reviewing Naval Base Deal With Russia
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Wed 02nd June 2021 | 06:10 PM
Khartoum, June 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Jun, 2021 ) :Sudan is reviewing a deal its ousted strongman negotiated with Russia allowing construction of a naval base after some clauses were found to be "somewhat harmful", a top military official has said.
"This deal was signed under the former National Salvation Government," armed forces chief of staff General Mohamed Othman al-Hussein said in an interview broadcast late Tuesday.
Under the deal, Russia's navy was to be allowed to keep up to four ships at a time at the base, including nuclear-powered vessels.
The base was to be staffed by up to 300 military and civilian personnel.
Russia said it would have the right to transport via Sudan's ports and airports "weapons, ammunition and equipment" needed for the naval base to function.
Sudan's armed forces chief said Tuesday that the deal "included clauses that were somewhat harmful to the country. That's why its being reviewed.
"So long as this deal has not... been ratified, then we have some freedom to discuss it," he said.
Under Sudan's transitional constitution, international agreements would normally be ratified by the legislative council, which has yet to be set up.
In March, a US warship visited Port Sudan in a move that "highlights the willingness" of the US military to "strengthen their renewed partnership" with Sudan's armed forces, the US embassy in Khartoum said at the time.
"We have begun restoring our military ties with the US," said Hussein.
"The Americans are still groping their way after the long boycott... but we are open to cooperation."