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.

Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

  • Saudi prosecutor warned of legal consequences earlier
  • Violators could be fined up to $796,880 and jailed for up to 5 years

DUBAI: Saudi police arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos circulating on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barber shops and salons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the flouting of any rules enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880. 
The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.