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US lobbying firms severs ties with Sudan junta over Russia ties

The Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough lobbying firm has severed has severed its ties with the Sudan Committee for Social Safety, Solidarity and Poverty Reduction, leaving $360,000 in the process.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

The Africa Report reported that the Sudan junta’s close ties with Russia and its failure to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine were among the main reasons behind the US lobbying firm dropping the Sudanese putschist council as a client.

The firm had signed a 12-month contract at the end of January aimed at repairing bilateral relations and facilitating the flow of foreign aid and investment into Sudan after the US suspended $700 million in aid following Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s 25th October coup.

The Sudanese Military Council had contracted Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough last February for $30,000 per month, with an initial payment of $90,000 from the Military Council.

Former US Congressman Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, was leading the lobbying work for the company.

Moran had previously told the “Africa Report” that he was not “lobbying in favor of the military council led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan,” but rather acting on an agreement he had made with Commissioner General Ezzedine Al-Safi, head of the Social Safety, Solidarity and Poverty Reduction Commission.

 “I understand the United States wants to have leverage to bring about … an inclusive, stable government that has the interests of its people foremost,” he says, but it would be a mistake to “wait until things are perfect.,” Moran told The Africa Report.

The US embassy in Sudan tweeted in 2019 that “Former Rep. Jim Moran travelled privately to Sudan where he expressed his personal views. He is not a government official in the matters of foreign affairs” after the former congressman appeared at a rally in support of the then-transitional military council, praising Rapid Support Forces commander Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti).

Moran, who was once an opponent of the ousted Omar al-Bashir regime, was arrested alongside with Hollywood actor George Clooney in 2012 after protesting in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC.

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