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Sudan Wants to Cooperate With Russia in Human Capacity, Mining Technology, Senior Official Says

© SputnikDeputy Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Sovereignty Council, Malik Agar, at SPIEF 2024.
Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Sovereignty Council, Malik Agar, at SPIEF 2024. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 08.06.2024
The Russian cultural capital St. Petersburg is hosting this year's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 5-8, with 17,000 attendees from 130 countries who have already indicated that they will be attending the event.
Sudan wants to cooperate with Russia in fields of human capacity, technology for utilizing the African country's subsoil, Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Sovereignty Council, Malik Agar, told Sputnik Africa.

"If you have abandoned resources and you keep them underneath the ground or on the surface of the ground, and then you are not utilizing them making use of them, then they are non-existent," he said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2024.

Russia also has technical know-how for agriculture, which is "very important" for Sudan, he added.
Agar also noted that "Sudan is ready to become a hub for any products that are done in good faith," adding that Russia works with Sudan "in good faith."

"And then it deposes upon the needs also. Russia is in need of some raw materials and others. We are also in need of some raw materials. So it depends on exactly what we need from Russia in particular and what Russia needs from us in particular also," he underlined.

To identify those needs, it is necessary to hold a comprehensive discussion on the matter, he emphasized.
Hussein Awad Ali Mohmed, ministre soudanais des Affaires étrangères, au cours du Forum économique international de Saint-Pétersbourg, le 7 juin 2024 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 07.06.2024
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The deputy chairman also outlined important aspects of Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech at SPIEF's plenary session regarding African resources.
Agar pointed out an issue of "balance and imbalance between technology and the resources, availability of the resources, and accessibility of these resources in terms of applying technology to them."

"[African countries] have the resources, but the world is so competitive, the world is so exploitive [...]. If you have the resources, no matter how big resources that you have, and you export them as raw materials, then those who have little resources and make use of them and apply technology to them, have a good outcome from the utilization of their resources," he said.

Speaking about the countries of the Global South, the senior official highlighted that they are increasingly looking to strengthen their sovereignty as they underwent colonialism and witness neocolonialism.

"They are also fighting for their existence as countries, their sovereignty as countries and the well-being of the people in their own country. So this is tripartite, some sort of conflict," Agar explained.

 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 05.06.2024
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He also highlighted the importance for the nations of the Global South to preserve their integrity and sovereignty.
On Thursday, at SPIEF 2024, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the West has become the main supplier of weapons to terrorists around the world via its arms deliveries to Ukraine.
Commenting on this weapon flow to terrorists in Africa amid the Ukraine conflict, the deputy chairman stressed that "arms supply creates disorder to an order."

"When there is a fight, there is always a supplier. When there is a supplier, there is always either an interest or a fear. These are issues that actually amount to supplying weapons here and there. And there is also a policy behind it," Agar elaborated.