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On July 11-15, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan M. Al-Mahdi will visit Russia. On July 12, she will hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

We look forward to a thorough exchange of views on key aspects of Russian-Sudanese multifaceted cooperation, as well as current international and regional problems with an emphasis on the need to find political and diplomatic solutions to crisis situations in the Middle East and the African continent.

Russian-Sudanese relations are traditionally friendly. January 5 of this year our countries celebrated the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. A regular political dialogue at the highest and high levels is maintained between Russia and Sudan. On October 23, 2019, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, met with the Chairman of the Supreme (Sovereign) Council of the Republic of Sudan, A. Burkhan, on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. On February 15, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov met with Prime Minister of Sudan A. Hamduk on the sidelines of the Munich conference on security policy.

Since December 2010, the Russian-Sudanese High-Level Working Committee has been actively functioning, which is the main mechanism for foreign policy interaction and coordination of work on the development of bilateral ties. Eight of its meetings were held, the last one in Moscow on December 6, 2019. On the Russian side, it was attended by the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and African Countries, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs M.L. Bogdanov.

It is planned to discuss the state and prospects of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, including in the development of the mineral resource base of Sudan. In 2020, the volume of trade between Russia and Sudan increased compared to 2019 from USD 275.06 million to USD 374.49 million (by 36.1%). In the first quarter of 2021, bilateral trade increased compared to the same period in 2020 from USD 88.94 to USD 112.15 million (by 26.1%).

Since September 2013, the Russian-Sudan Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (IGC) has been operating. Its last – 6th – meeting was held in Moscow on December 10-12, 2018.

Currently, a number of Russian economic operators specializing in geology and subsoil use are working in the Republic of Sudan.

About 300 Sudanese study at Russian universities in various specialties, including 45 at the expense of the federal budget and 226 on a contract basis. Annually, the plan for admitting foreign citizens to study in Russian educational organizations for Sudanese citizens provides for the allocation of 35 state scholarships.

The ministers will also discuss issues of cooperation between Russia and Sudan in the field of combating the spread of the new coronavirus infection.

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