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.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.