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Putin Says Much Yet to Be Done in Russia's Economic Cooperation With South Sudan

© Sputnik . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the mediabankRussian President Vladimir Putin held talks with President of South Sudan S. Kiir.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with President of South Sudan S. Kiir.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 28.09.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for a two-day visit and to have talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir that there is much to be done in the economic cooperation between the countries.
"Relations between our countries are developing very intensively, we were one of the first countries to recognize the sovereignty and independence of South Sudan. And I must say that we believe that much remains to be done, primarily in the field of economic development," Putin said during a meeting with Kiir in Moscow.
Last year there was a slight decline in trade, but this year it is growing, the president added.
"It it true and this is just the beginning. We have many good opportunities in various fields, including in the energy sector. I hope that the developments that exist, I mean the construction of a refinery in your country with the participation of our company, and plans to create the second stage of this plant, will benefit the development of our trade and economic ties," Putin said.
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Further progressive development should be linked to ensuring regional security, Putin added.