New Ambassador to Sudan tells Sudan that a Russian naval base will have ‘consequences’
Within weeks of his arrival, the first US ambassador in 25 years threatened Sudan with “consequence” if Khartoum makes a deal with Moscow on a Russian naval base on the Red Sea.
“All countries have a sovereign right to decide which other countries to cooperate with, but these choices of course have consequences,” he said. Ambassador John Godfrey told the Sudanese daily Al-Tayar on Tuesday.
The government in Khartoum signed an agreement with Russia in 2017 to establish a naval facility at Port Sudan, on the Red Sea. President Omar al-Bashir has since been ousted in a coup and imprisoned. Godfrey warned the new government against going ahead with the deal, saying “It would be harmful to Sudan’s interests.”
That is “It is necessary to say that the international isolation around Russia and the President [Vladimir] Putin is currently on the rise due to… the invasion of Ukraine,” Godfrey told the store, Theo Middle Eastern Eyes. He also told Al-Tayar that he wanted to meet a civilian government in charge of Sudan.
Godfrey is the first US ambassador to Sudan since 1996, when Washington closed its embassy in Khartoum. Although it reopened in 2002, it was run by a series of temporary privileges for 20 years, until Godfrey presented his credentials on September 1.
Under the agreement, Russia will build a base capable of receiving nuclear-powered ships and lease the site for 25 years, with an auto-renewal period of 10 years unless one of the parties objected. opposite to. Port Sudan handles about 90% of the country’s maritime trade, and a presence there would allow Russia to keep an eye on the nearby Bab el-Mandeb strait.
Letting Moscow establish a base in the Red Sea would “Leading Sudan to further isolation at a time when most Sudanese want to become closer to the international community,” Godfrey told the newspaper, using euphemisms for the US and its allies.
Prior to his confirmation, Godfrey was the State Department’s acting coordinator for counterterrorism, and had previously been assigned to Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria and Iraq.
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