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, 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.