Saudi Arabia expresses readiness to resume economic cooperation with Sudan

Saudi Arabia has expressed readiness to resume economic and investment cooperation with Sudan, at a time when Khartoum is facing great political and economic complications following last October’s military coup.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

On Sunday, the head of the coup government in Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, received a verbal message from the Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, regarding the Kingdom’s firm and supportive position for the Sudanese people and the stability of the country.

Saudi Arabia continued to affirm its support for Sudan during the transitional period and the transit in the country to a democratic transition and free elections at its end.

It expressed support for the stability of Sudan following the coup of army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25th, which left a complex political and economic situation.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s message to Hamdok was conveyed to the Kingdom’s ambassador to Sudan, Ali Hassan bin Jaafar, during their meeting at the Council of Ministers in Khartoum, on Sunday.

According to a media circular, the meeting dealt with enhancing means of cooperation between the two countries in various fields to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples.

The Saudi ambassador affirmed the Kingdom’s readiness to resume economic and investment cooperation between the two countries to serve the stability and prosperity of their peoples.

Hamdok returned to his duties, after nearly a month under house arrest, to sign a political agreement with al-Burhan on November 21.

The Kingdom stressed the need to end Sudan’s coup and restore it towards the democratic path.

In a joint statement issued with the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia expressed its standing with the people of Sudan and the importance of supporting their aspirations for a democratic and peaceful nation.

It declared its commitment to helping the people of Sudan realize their aspirations, and called for the “full and immediate restoration of the civilian-led transitional government and institutions.”

The joint statement demanded, on that day, the release of all detainees against the backdrop of recent events and the lifting of the state of emergency, and stressed that there was no place for violence in the new Sudan, urging dialogue and prioritizing peace.

Last September, the Sudanese-Saudi Investment Forum was held in Khartoum, during which the Sudanese government proposed 124 projects to the Saudi side in various fields.

The offering included 77 public-private partnership projects and 47 investment projects.

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