Published: Fri, August 25, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Russian ambassador to Sudan dies in Khartoum

Russian ambassador to Sudan dies in Khartoum

KHARTOUM | The ambassador of Russian Federation to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead Wednesday in his residence in Khartoum announced that the sudanese ministry of foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Shirinskiy died of natural causes, according to local police.

Russia's RIA Novosti state news agency reported the veteran diplomat's death, citing the foreign ministry in Moscow.

Embassy staff said he showed signs of a heart attack, and that they called an ambulance but doctors were unable to save him. Initial reports ruled out any "foul play" in the death of the ambassador, the foreign ministries added.

Though there is no apparent evidence to suggest his death is suspicious, Shirinsky is the fourth Russian emissary to die prematurely while overseas on assignment since the start of 2017.

"We inform you with regret that Russian Ambassador to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky died in Khartoum on August 23", the Russian ministry said.

And in December, Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara by a police officer.

The police and the representatives of the embassy of Russian Federation have transported his body to the morgue, continued the manager.

Sudanese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Garibullah al-Hadar also verified the news and expressed condolences to the Russian people, government, and relatives of Shirinskiy.

Shirinskiy, a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) held diplomatic positions at Russia's embassies in Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Rwanda.

Shirinskiy, born in 1954, was appointed to the post in 2013.

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