Sudan to work in the establishment of a Russian Naval Base

According to information published by Republic World on November 1, 2021, Sudan's military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said that Sudan will work to fulfill its commitments in the establishment of a Russian naval base in the country.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Amur-class repair ship PM-138 in Sudan (Picture source: Al Jazeera)

In early December 2020, Russia and Sudan had reached an agreement to build naval maintenance and logistical support facility in the East African country.

The naval logistics base was to allow crew members of Russian warships to rest, carry out repairs and replenish supplies.

For the duration of the agreement, Sudan ceded the territory and real estate to Russia free of charge, which included the coastal area and the water area with the mooring front (berths for floating boats).

Military and civilian personnel should not exceed 300 and may be increased in agreement with Sudan, the document states.

The agreement was to be in force for 25 years with an automatic extension of 10 years if neither party informed the other in writing through diplomatic channels at least 12 months before the expiry of the period concerned of its intention to terminate it.

At the end of April, Sudan announced that it was suspending the agreement with Russia to build a naval base in the country.

However, on 25 October 2021, the Sudanese army, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, took control of the government in a new military coup.