By Ria Novosti
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has invited Russian companies to take part in infrastructure and energy project in the northern part of the country.
The Khartoum government is seeking ways of restructuring the country’s economy before South Sudan splits in July. Al Bashir met with the Kremlin’s special envoy for Sudan, Mikhail Margelov, to discuss Russian-Sudanese contracts.
“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 Darfur’s capital el-Geneina, as well as contracts to build power plants in the country,” Margelov said after the meeting.
He said that Russian companies may also be invited to develop oil fields in Darfur.
South Sudan has been formally seeking independence since it concluded a peace deal with the north in 2005, ending two decades of civil war in the impoverished northeast African nation. In February, the region voted to become a separate state.
South Sudan will officially become the Africa’s 53rd state on July 9 after a five-month transition period under the peace agreement.