Bashir turned to Russia over US fears

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in Sochi on November 23, 2017. (AFP)

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Bashir turned to Russia over US fears

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to protect the African country against the United States. Basher was speaking during his first visit to Russia as president. He claimed the US wants to divide Sudan into five statelets. He also said he wants to ramp up military ties with Moscow and praised Russia’s military intervention in Syria which has pushed terror groups to the cusp of total defeat there. Bashir’s trust in Russia is yet another reminder of the fact that Moscow has turned into a potent international player and the days when Russia lacked influence in the world arena is a distant memory.

Hafiz Saeed bone of contention between Pakistan, US

The US has condemned Pakistan for releasing Hafiz Saeed, who is allegedly the mastermind behind the 2008 attack on Mumbai. While Saeed insists that his organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa is involved only in charitable activities, both India and the US accuse him of terrorist attacks.  Now his release might take the Pakistan- US relations into a different course, though not a serious one as some argue. Given that fact that tensions between US and Pakistan have been part of the trade, it's very unlikely that the Saeed case will have a knock-on effect on the future of the relations between these two countries.

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