Saudi crown prince meets with deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Council


JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman on Thursday met with the deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council who was on a visit to the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency said early on Friday.

The meeting between Prince Muhammad and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who goes by the nickname Hemedti, was held in Jeddah. They discussed cooperation between the two countries and the latest developments taking place in the region.

Dagalo was accompanied by the official spokesman of the Sudanese Military Council General Shamsaddin Kabbashi.

The meeting was also attended by both Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Minister of State Dr. Musaed Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban.

Dagalo left Jeddah on Friday. At King Abdulaziz International Airport, he was seen off by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and emir of Makkah region, and his deputy Prince Badr Bin Sultan, and a number of officials.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s Ministry of Finance.

The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate,” the statement said.

On April 21, both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates granted Sudan $3 billion in support. The grant included a $500 million deposit into Sudan’s central bank, while the rest was in the form of food, medicine and petroleum products. — SG/SPA