Riyadh will continue helping Sudan, says Saudi minister of state for African affairs

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Al-Qattan meets US Special Envoy to Sudan Donald Booth in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 30 June 2019

Riyadh will continue helping Sudan, says Saudi minister of state for African affairs

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan on Saturday received the US special envoy to Sudan, Donald Booth.

The meeting, held in Qattan’s office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jeddah, involved talks about ways to support security and stability in Sudan.

Al-Qattan assured the American envoy that the Saudi government and its people would continue to offer help to the northeast African country.

Earlier, the deputy head of the transitional military council in Sudan, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, said that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt had provided Sudan with assistance without interfering in its affairs, and thanked the Kingdom and the UAE for their backing.

In April, Saudi Arabia and the UAE granted Sudan $3 billion, which included a $500 million deposit into Sudan’s central bank in a bid to strengthen its financial position, ease pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve greater stability in the exchange rate.

The rest of the funding was toward food, medicine, and petroleum products, the Saudi Press Agency said.

 


Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

Updated 18 September 2020

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

  • The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete

LONDON: Work on the longest desalinated water pipeline tunnel system in the world has been completed, project coordinators in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday.

The tunnel, which measures 12.5 kilometers long at a width of 8.4 meters, will pump desalinated water to reservoirs in Taif to meet the demand for water in the governorate and in its villages in the southern Al-Baha region.

The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete — starting with excavation work at Al-Hada mountains — and has shortened the distance of water reaching Taif by more than 40km.

Makkah region officials tweeted about the completion of the project, which was completed ahead of schedule.

SWCC said it was ready to receive water in its storage units in Taif and estimate that desalinated water will begin reaching Al-Baha region in the third quarter of 2021.