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.