Putin agrees to Sudan visit days after talks in Moscow on nuclear deal

Ismail Akwei Mar 23, 2018 at 07:29am

March 23, 2018 at 07:29 am | News

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Contributor

March 23, 2018 at 07:29 am | News

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Sudan says Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation from Omar al-Bashir to visit the North African country for talks on bilateral relations.

This was reported by Sudan’s state news agency (SUNA) on Thursday saying Putin had earlier called Bashir in Khartoum. No further details were provided.

This development follows a visit by Sudanese Water Resources and Electricity Minister Moataz Musa to Moscow for talks with the head of Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom on building nuclear power stations in Sudan.

The minister explained that Sudan is looking forward to building a “small-scale nuclear reactor to produce electricity and to complete the studies needed to establish a nuclear plant within eight years under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

Ethiopia recently signed an agreement with Russia to set up nuclear technology to help power the Horn of Africa country.

South Africa is the only country in Africa with a commercial nuclear power plant. Its two reactors located at the Koeberg nuclear power station produce 5% of the country’s electricity.

Other African countries including Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, and Uganda are considering the use of nuclear power to generate electricity.

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