Sudan: Russia Wants Access to Red Sea

Sudanese Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim (Reuters)
Sudanese Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim (Reuters)
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Sudan: Russia Wants Access to Red Sea

Sudanese Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim (Reuters)
Sudanese Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim (Reuters)

Sudan’s Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim said that a Russian ambition to have presence on the Sudanese coast does not entail a military role.

Speaking to the Russian RT TV Arabic Service, Ibrahim clarified that the discussions primarily focus on Russia’s desire for Red Sea access, rather than purchasing land. He emphasized Sudan’s openness to such partnerships, stating: “The idea is not about military experts or a large base, but rather a service center for Russian ships to obtain supplies.”

He said Sudan “does not object to the Russian presence, but the opposition comes from the West, the US and its allies,” stressing that Sudan’s coast on the Red Sea “can accommodate everyone if the United States wants to buy a similar point.”

Official Sudanese sources had spoken to the media about the existence of a draft agreement between Sudan and Russia that gives Moscow a “military, technical and logistical support center” on the Red Sea coast in the east of the country.

In return, the draft agreement stipulates that Russia will provide the Sudanese army with war equipment, based on a separate protocol. The sources added that the Russian presence should not exceed 300 individuals and four ships, as per the same agreement.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Sudanese Sovereignty Council announced that urgent matters prevented Russian President Vladimir Putin from meeting with the Council’s Vice-President, Malik Agar.

Putin assigned his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to receive the written message addressed to Putin from the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and Commander of the Sudanese Army, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

Before heading to Russia on Tuesday, Agar announced that he would meet with Putin and deliver a written message from Al-Burhan. He added that the meeting will discuss that agenda that falls within the framework of developing bilateral relations.

The Sudanese delegation’s trip to Russia came in the wake of the visit made by the Deputy Foreign Minister and Russian President’s envoy to the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, to the city of Port Sudan in April.

During his meeting with Lavrov on Friday, Agar affirmed his country’s readiness to activate the joint political and military agreements and committees between the two countries to draw a roadmap to reach the stage of strategic partnership.

He also emphasized Sudan’s keenness to strengthen, promote and develop bilateral relations with Russia in all strategic, political and economic fields.

For his part, Lavrov pointed to a political will to develop ties, in a way that achieves the common interests of the two countries and peoples.



Israel Carries Out New Raids in Gaza as Netanyahu Visits US 

This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)
This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)
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Israel Carries Out New Raids in Gaza as Netanyahu Visits US 

This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)
This picture taken in Khan Younis shows smoke billowing during Israeli military operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)

Israeli forces carried out new raids in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to address the US Congress.

The latest Israeli attacks destroyed homes in towns east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza and thousands of people were forced to head west to seek shelter, residents said.

The Palestinian Civil Emergency Service said it had received distress calls from residents trapped in their homes in Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Younis, but were unable to reach the town.

Israel's military, which is trying to eradicate the armed group Hamas after the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, said it had been operating in areas from which fighters had been able to fire rockets into Israel and attack Israeli troops.

Gaza health officials said Israeli military strikes in the past 24 hours had killed at least 55 people, the latest casualties in a war that health authorities in the enclave say has killed more than 39,000 Palestinians.

"Where should we go? Shall we cross into the sea?" said Ghada, who has been displaced with her family six times during the war, said from Hamas City in northwestern Khan Younis.

"We are exhausted, starved, and want the war to end now, now not an hour later. Every day means more families are wiped off the registration book," she told Reuters via a chat app.

Local residents said they had been ordered to head west towards a designated humanitarian area, but that the area was now unsafe.

Israeli forces also carried out airstrikes on several areas of central and northern Gaza Strip, killing and wounding several Palestinians, health officials said.

Residents of Rafah, near the border with Egypt, said Israeli forces had blown up several houses in the west of the city.

PALESTINIANS CRITICISE U.S.

Hamas-led fighters triggered the war on Oct. 7 by storming into southern Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking 250 captives, according to Israeli tallies. Some 120 hostages are still being held though Israel believes one in three are dead.

Some Palestinians who gathered at a hospital in Khan Younis before funerals criticized the United States, Israel's most important international ally, for welcoming Netanyahu.

The Israel leader was due to address Congress later on Wednesday and to meet President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would meet Netanyahu in Florida on Friday.

"The United States is a main partner in what is happening in Gaza. We are being killed because of the United States. We are being slaughtered by American planes, American ships, American tanks, and American troops," said Kazem Abu Taha, a displaced resident from Rafah.

A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Reuters: "The Congress invitation to Netanyahu to make a speech gives legitimacy to the crimes of the war of genocide in Gaza. Receiving a war criminal is a shame to all Americans."

Israel has rejected accusations brought by South Africa at the UN's top court that its military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide campaign against Palestinians. It has reacted angrily to a decision by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to seek an arrest warrant against Netanyahu.

Netanyahu said this week a deal to release Israelis held captive in Gaza could be near. But Hamas officials said Netanyahu was stalling and that they had not seen any change in the Israeli stance that would allow an agreement to be reached.

Hamas wants a ceasefire agreement to end the war in Gaza. Netanyahu says the war cannot end before Hamas is eradicated.