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Sudan invites Russia to become energy partner

CAIRO — Sudan has offered an energy partnership with Russia.


Sudanese President Omar Bashir has invited Russian companies to bid for major energy and infrastructure projects.

Officials said the Sudanese offer was relayed to the Kremlin earlier this month during the visit by Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov.

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"We discussed a whole range of economic issues, including Sudan's readiness to sign a contract with Russia on the construction of a railway linking [Sudan's main port city] Port Sudan and West Darfour's capital El Geneina, as well as contracts to build power plants in the country," Margelov said.

Margelov, who met Bashir as well as senior officials, said Russia could become a partner in oil exploration in the war-torn Darfour province. China has been the leading energy contractor in Sudan.

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