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The following message would be sent to the Sudanese foreign ministry:

 

 

Comrades in Sudan,

 

It is the opinion of us in the Afro-Russo Communist Front that increased friendly relations between Sudan and Sierra Leone is necessary.

 

Therefore, we request a meeting in Khartoum, or in Freetown, as soon as possible.

 

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DFM Inkwell would be directed to the Khartoum airport, and given an escorted motorcade to the Chancellor's palace. The advent of war on the continent cut through much of the red tape, and after a though search of his person for weapons of any kind, Inkwell was brought to Chancellor Samara's office. Okot Samara walked over to greet the man, and offered him the liberty of the small bar in the room, before taking a seat behind his desk. He motioned towards a uniformed man standing near the corner of the room, "This is Commander Afif Alfarsi, of the Sudanese Army. I hope you do not mind if he sits in on our meeting."

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"No, not a problem at all," Inkwell would say as he poured a glass of vodka. "Usually I refrain from drinking while on diplomatic meetings, but given the news, I think I need this." After taking a short drink, he opened his briefcase and retried a pen and some paper to write on, and after checking the pen to his satisfaction, he said to Samara, "My initial agenda was to pursue an economic treaty, but perhaps there are other sorts of deals we could reach?"

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Okot smiled, "Conflict can be a driver behind diplomacy, for sure. I'll admit, I was curious when my government was approached by a Communist government. Sudan certainly isn't a worker's state, but it is a state designed to ensure the safety and prosperity of the people. But I digress." He motioned for Alfarsi to sit, and turned his attentions back to Inkwell, "Even if we do not turn out to be best of friends, the level of aggression seen in Africa is unacceptable. Stability must be ensured, for it is through stability and diplomacy that this continent will become great. Aggressive states must be curtailed, and it is obvious that the foreign community will not do the policing for us. Mr. Alfarsi here has a plan already drawn up, if you wish to review it."

Alfarsi would bring over his own briefcase, and hand a short document to Inkwell. In it was the proposed deployment of one (1) Sudanese Infantry Division to Sierra Leon, an attachment of 1 Anti-Air group armed with Patriot missile systems with this division, ten (10) squadrons of Dassault Rafale aircraft with Sudanese Pilots, fifteen (15) squadrons of Dassault Mirage 2000C aircraft for use by Sierra Leon, the deployment of training teams for the 2000C aircraft, and a shipment of 2 Anti-Air groups' worth of Patriot missile systems armed with the MIM-104B (PAC-1) missile for use by Sierra Leon. At the bottom of the document, a limited treaty was written.

 

Until the cessation of unprovoked aggression by all aggressor states, the aforementioned support from the state of Sudan will be promised to the state of Sierra Leon. Upon the end of the conflict, all leased equipment is to be returned unless in an nonreturnable state, and all deployed forces are to return to Sudan. An Optional Defense Pact is to be assumed between the nations of Sierra Leon and Sudan until cancelled by one or both sides.

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"On behalf of the people of Sierra Leone, I thank you for this very generous offer. I believe that this will have no trouble being passed." Inkwell signed it quickly and turned his attention to his government-issued phone, which vibrated with an urgent text message. "Excuse me, news from the front, it appears." He opened the phone and read the message, visibly relieved. "It appears a ceasefire and peace negotiations are in action. Regardless, I would like to keep this option on the table in case that breaks down." Taking another drink of vodka, he added, "Well, with that debacle over, perhaps we can speak of less morbid subjects? How can we help each other's economies?"

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"I hope the negotiations go well. Even if the armed forces of Sudan avoid being deployed, I see no reason why Sierra Leon couldn't purchase equipment for its future safety." Samara leaned back in his chair slightly, "A freedom of trade agreement could work. Avoid tariffs between our nations. Sudan has limited space for foreign entities to exist within it, but there are free trade zones here in Khartoum, and in Port Sudan."

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"I believe a free trade agreement would be perfectly acceptable. I believe the only private company that would be interested in operating in either zone would be the National Diamond Consortium, though the specifics of that can be worked out later." Inkwell jotted this down before turning his attention back to his Sudan hosts. "As far as equipment goes, I had heard around the office that anti-air missiles were needed. I don't think our Air Force had finalized design specifications on that."

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"Sudan can provide Patriot missile systems, we've been producing a large supply for war-time replacement, but I doubt Sudan will be seeing a large scale air assault any time soon. At the least, we can provide technicians and factory components to allow production in Sierra Leon. I don't mind sharing a completely defensive technology." Samara chuckled, "All things considered, I think it would make sense if we got that ODP set in stone alongside any military equipment transfer."

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"I believe Patriot missile systems would be more than welcomed by the Army. We would be more than willing to purchase both factory components and the missiles themselves, if that is acceptable to Sudan. As for the ODP, that would need to be ratified by the House of Representatives before I could put any ink onto paper."

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