The enormous issues tabled by the Vice President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo before the Russian officials during his ongoing visit found considerable responsibility for the government of Vladimir Putin.
The visit was faced with criticism as it came at a time of tensions between Russia and Ukraine, but those criticisms did not consider that the visit was scheduled before the developments that led to the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Dagalo’s Talks in Moscow:
Vice President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo has held in Moscow, the capital city of Russia, a joint discussion session with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov in the presence of Abu Bakr Omer Al-Bushra, Minister of Energy and Oil, Mohamed Abdallah Mahmoud, Minister of Minerals, Mohamed Bashir Abdallah, Acting Undersecretary of Foreign Ministry, Ambassador nadir Yusuf, and Chairman of the Commercials Chambers Union, Nadir Al-Hilali and the Charge De-affaire of the Sudanese embassy in Moscow, Ambassador Onour Ahmed Onour.
The talks discussed the bilateral aspects, besides the consultation over the bilateral, regional and international issues of joint concern.
The talks concentrated on the importance of expanding bilateral cooperation in political, diplomatic, economic, and commercial aspects.
The two sides agreed to expedite the agreements signed and resume the joint ministerial meetings besides expediting the resumption of the joint committees meeting.
While addressing the meeting, VP expressed the appreciation of the Sudanese government for the continuous support provided by Russia to Sudan especially in the UNSC and UN a matter that contributed to boosting the relations between the two countries.
He pointed out that the visit confirmed Sudan’s intention to go ahead in strengthening the relations between the two countries towards wider horizons., adding that the talks with the Russian Foreign Minister contributed to creating new understandings which will push forward the agricultural, minerals, oil, and gas aspects besides other economic fields.
For his part, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, affirmed the deep-rooted relations between the two countries calling for not interfering in the Sudanese internal issues, confirming the keenness of his country to upgrade the level of cooperation on energy, agriculture, mining, environment, adding that Sudan enjoys promising potentials, calling for removing the obstacles hindering the flow of the Russian investments including the investment policies and procedures, pointing out to the readiness of the Russian companies to invest in Sudan.
During his official visit, Dagalo has witnessed, at Moscow, the Russian Capital city, the signature of an MoU between the Sudanese Commercial Chambers Union and Russian Businesses Council in the presence of Abu Bakr Omer Al-Bushra, Minister of Energy and Oil, Mohamed Abdallah Mahmoud, Minister of Minerals, Mohamed Bashir Abdallah, Acting Undersecretary of Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Nadir Yusuf, and Chairman of the Commercials Chambers Union, Nadir Al-Hilali, and the Charge de affairs of the Sudanese embassy in Moscow, Ambassador, Onour Ahmed Onour.
The Chairman of the Sudanese Commercial Chamber Union, Nadir Al-Hilali signed on behalf of the Sudanese side, while the member of the Russian Businesses Council, Victor Jim dai.
A number of the Sudanese Businessmen and Russian companies expressed intention to enter into investments in Sudan, especially in seeds, livestock, main infrastructure, gas, and electricity.
Dagalo expressed appreciation of the Sudanese government to Russia for removing the arrears of its sovereign debts on Sudan during last year, welcoming the seventh Sudanese/Russian ministerial meeting on the first half of this year, affirming providing special care towards the Russian investments in Sudan, pointing out to the importance of activating the commercial relations between the two countries.
On his part, Minister of Finance, Dr. Jibril Ibrahim affirmed keenness to remove any obstacles that hinder the flow of Russian investments in Sudan, pointing out to the unlimited potentials in Sudan besides its representing the gate of Africa, hinting to the existence of more than 200 million fertile lands. He pointed to the livestock and mining which could be invested on.
Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Dr.Abu Bakr Omer Al-Bushra affirmed the need for Sudan to modern irrigation systems through utilizing the Russian experience, calling for cooperation in all the joint projects.
Oil and Gas Minister, Hamad Abdallah called for partnerships with the Russian side on energy to benefit from the Russian technology.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Sudanese Commercial Chambers Union stressed the importance of coordination between the two sides to ease the activities of the Russian companies in Sudan, pointing out that the visit will open the door for the businesses and companies in both countries for more cooperation.
Dagalo has also met in Moscow with the Russian Deputy Minister of Defence, Colonel General Alexander Fomin where the two sides discussed the bilateral relations and the means of boosting them to serve the joint interests.
The meeting was attended by the Charge de affairs of the Sudanese embassy in Moscow, Ambassador, Onour Ahmed Onour, and the acting Military Attaché, Col. Dr. Abu Bakr Abdulgadir.
The two sides emphasized the necessity of intensifying the cooperation in political and military aspects for the benefit of the two countries.
VP hailed the distinguished relations between the two countries and the coordination in all aspects, pointing out to the warm reception of the Sudanese delegation and the fruitful meeting held.
For his part, the Russian Deputy of Defence Minister, expressed their appreciation to the visit of the VP and the accompanying delegation, pointing out that his country is proud to have this deep-rooted relationship with Sudan, announcing their commitment to boost the cooperation horizons and the joint coordination, affirming that they will work in according to the principles of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
The Alleged Coup
Widespread rumors coincided with the visit of Dagalo were aired by hostile parties which target the fragmentation of the Sudanese military components cohesion. The rumors affirmed that there are great differences between Dagalo and Al-Burhan to the extent that the latter expressed concern over the moves of his deputy.
The Army preferred to neglect those rumors and continued its national role in protecting the nations.
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) was always subject to systematic media attacks without any consideration of its noble mission.
The SAF and other regular forces are working in harmony and cooperation.
After those systematic attacks weakened the cohesion of the army through airing rumors that the Chief of the Army and President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan revealed attempts of his deputy to take over power from him to Egyptian leaders.
The rumor this time was widespread aiming at igniting conflict among the military components besides creating security tension between the SAF and the RSF.
It is an unbelievable rumor because the coordination between the Al-Burhan and Dagalo is continuous as Al-Burham can mobilize his forces if he feels that there might be any attempts against the army, but that didn’t happen.
The parties that aired the rumor which was denied by the Egyptian authorities.
Those who air those rumors did not consider their effect on the national authority and the lives of the people.
They did not even recognize the basis and principles of the political disputes as they use an approach that might lead to complete chaos.