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New Sudanese government willing to forge ties with Moscow, sayd diplomat

Presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov said that most top brass governing Sudan, studied at universities of Russia/Soviet Union and are aware of traditions of strong ties

MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. Leadership of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council has reaffirmed their intentions to develop relations with Moscow, Russian Presidential Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS by phone on Wednesday after his meeting in Khartoum with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council.

"There were two meetings with the chairman of the Transitional Military Council and his deputy," said Bogdanov, who is also a deputy foreign minister.

"[They] reaffirmed their willingness and readiness to develop cooperation with Russia on the basis of traditionally friendly relations spanning since 1950s, when we recognized Sudan’s independence," he said.

According to Bogdanov, most top brass, who are now governing Sudan, studied at universities of either Russia or the Soviet Union and are aware of traditions of strong ties between the two countries.

"Cooperation in defense technology, in security and against terrorism has always been in place, is in place and will be in place. The attitude is constructive and very friendly towards Russia and the understanding of our role in the Middle East and African affairs as well as in the international arena," Bogdanov concluded.