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Sudan military council receives aid from Saudi Arabia and UAE

14:25, Monday, 22 April, 2019
Sudan military council receives aid from Saudi Arabia and UAE

Amidst ongoing protests in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said they are sending 3bn dollars' worth of aid to the interim ruling military council, Euronews reports.

The two countries will deposit $500 million with the Sudanese central bank and send the rest in the form of food, medicine and petroleum products, their state news agencies said in parallel statements.

"This is to strengthen its financial position, ease the pressure on the Sudanese pound and increase stability in the exchange rate," the Saudi Press Agency said.

It is the first major publicly announced assistance to Sudan from Gulf states in several years.

The two Gulf states have ties with the head of Sudan's transitional military council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, through their participation in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Sudan has been suffering from a deepening economic crisis that has caused cash shortages and long queues at bakeries and petrol stations.

The new military leaders confirmed on Sunday that ousted former president Omar al-Bashir is behind bars.

But protesters on the street are also calling for a rapid transition to civilian rule and the move may not be enough to persuade them to go back to their homes.

The Saudi and UAE aid may be a lifeline for the military council but the protesters have vowed to stay on the streets until they get what they want.

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