Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (left), the deputy head of Sudan’s transitional military council, in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed meets US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. (SPA)
Updated 24 May 2019

Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE had earlier pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
  • Crown Prince Mohammed also met with US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey on Thursday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met the Deputy Head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo in Jeddah on Friday.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed the latest regional developments.

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

The Kingdom, in conjunction with the UAE, also pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to help Sudan recover after mass protests that had led to the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir last month.

On Sunday, the two Gulf allies deposited $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first installment of the joint package of aid.

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

It added that the remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives.

The crown prince also met the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey, where they discussed cooperation between the two countries.

Both meetings were attended by Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi minister of state, and Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs.

Also on Friday, the crown prince met with a group of Saudi intellectuals. During the meeting, they discussed the future of Saudi culture in relation to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, as the crown prince praised the efforts being exerted by the intellectuals in serving their country and society.

He also stressed the importance of culture in social and economic development, in addition to its contributions to building bridges of knowledge and human communication with other countries.

The meeting was attended by a group representing the 16 sectors supported by the Ministry of Culture.

During the meeting, they expressed their gratitude and appreciation for King Salman and the crown prince for their continued support.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.