Ukraine fallout

US lobbying: Ex-Congressman drops Sudan over Russia ties

By Julian Pecquet

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Posted on March 29, 2022 06:54

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Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, referred to as Hemeti, sits on his vehicle surrounded by soldiers from the RSF unit during a military-backed tribal rally in the East Nile province, Sudan on 22 June 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

A top US lobbying firm has dropped the Sudanese government as a client, citing the military junta’s close ties to Russia and failure to denounce Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough broke off its engagement with the Sudanese Commission for Social Safety, Solidarity, and Poverty Reduction on 7 March, according to a newly disclosed lobbying filing, leaving $360,000 on the table. The firm had signed a 12-month contract at the end of January to try to repair bilateral ties and “facilitate foreign aid and investments in Sudan” after the US  suspended $700m in annual aid following Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s 25 October coup.

“I wasn’t comfortable being in any way supporting the government, because it just did not seem as though they were fully committed to a civilian controlled government,” says Nelson Mullins senior policy adviser Jim Moran, a former Democratic member of Congress from Virginia who signed the contract with Sudanese Commissioner General Ezzadean Elsafi.

Just last month, Moran told The Africa Report that he had agreed

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