JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Visiting South Sudan President Salva Kiir agreed in a gathering with Russia’s president to broaden their relationship in power, commerce and different areas, notably oil.
Kiir and President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on Thursday and likewise mentioned political and safety issues in South Sudan, which is making ready for its first presidential election in December 2024. The nation gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and Kiir has led the nation since then.
In response to a video of the leaders’ public statements posted on-line by the Kremlin, Putin stated the event of oil refineries in South Sudan with the participation of Russian corporations would strengthen ties.
“That is solely the start. We have now many good alternatives in a wide range of fields, together with power,” Putin stated.
At present, Russia’s Safinat Group is engaged on an oil refinery in South Sudan’s Unity state.
Russia’s invitation to Kiir to go to got here as world powers attain out to African nations for help concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
South Sudan is underneath stress from the US and different allies to extra shortly implement a peace deal signed in 2018 to finish a five-year civil conflict and put together for the election.
For its half, South Sudan needs arms embargos eliminated. Russia, as a everlasting member of the United Nations Safety Council, might assist.
Kiir stated “the world dictates that nobody can survive or succeed alone,” and informed Putin that the younger nation wants “robust pals and you’re considered one of them.”
Putin and Kiir additionally mentioned peace and safety in Africa and worldwide affairs. The battle in neighboring Sudan has despatched hundreds of individuals into South Sudan, whose humanitarian and different assets have been already badly strained.
That is the second time the South Sudanese president has visited Russia. Kiir attended the primary Russia-Africa summit in 2019.
Putin stated Russia would help South Sudan in dealing with its home political state of affairs and making certain safety.
“We’ll do our final to help you on this area,” Putin stated.