Sudan and Belarus are negotiating the participation of Belarusian companies in the surveying and development of oil and gas fields in Sudan, Belarus News reported.

Belarus’ President, Alexander Lukashenko, noted that Sudan has become one of the country’s most important partners in the African continent, NSNBC International informed.

The Eastern European country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vladimir Semashko, said that the possibility of selling Belarus-made equipment for oil and gas surveying and extraction to Sudan is being discussed as well.

“We have equipment for oil and gas surveying as well as oil and gas extraction. In other words, we can work together in many ways,” he added.

Additionally, the two countries are also considering prospects of cooperation in other branches of economy, including mechanical engineering and agriculture.

Belarus’ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt with concurrent accreditation to Sudan, Sergei Rachkov, said that Belarus is ready to advance cooperation with Sudan in a number of areas. He said, “The visit of the Belarus president to Sudan can be described as a momentous event. The economic effect includes contracts worth more than $40m. I hope the sum will be doubled or maybe even tripled literally within one year.”