By – Zuleikha Abdul Raziq
Riyadh: President of the Sovereign Council Abdul Fattah Al Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday arrived in Saudi Arabia for their first joint trip abroad since the Sudanese military and civilians reached a power-sharing deal in August.
The visit is part of a Gulf trip that will also take Al Burhan and Hamdok to the UAE.
After arrival in Riyadh, the two Sudanese leaders met Saudi King Salman Abul Aziz, who renewed his backing for Sudan’s stability and prosperity, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported.
The agency quoted Al Burhan as expressing appreciation for the kingdom’s supportive stances.
Talks focused on ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all fields, according to the agency.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are key backers of Sudan where the army toppled long-time ruler Hassan Al Bashir in April after months-long protests against his regime.
In April, the UAE and Saudi Arabia pledged 3 billion dollars in aid to Sudan, including a 500-million – dollar deposit into the eastern African country’s central bank.
Later, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh offered 540,000 tonnes of wheat to help cover the food needs in Sudan.
In late August, Sudan initiated a 39-month transitional period leading to elections.
It is to be noted that the President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. General Abdul Fattah Al Burhan, accompanied by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, arrived in the Saudi capital of Riyadh today before heading to the UAE.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Governor of Riyadh Region and Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan, was among the leaders of the Sudanese delegation at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.
Hours earlier, the member of the Sudanese sovereign council, Lt. Gen. Shams al-Din al-Kabbashi, revealed the departure of the chairman of the council, General Abdul Fattah Al Burhan and the prime minister of Sudan, Dr. Abdullah Hamdok, to Saudi Arabia.
The visit is part of a Gulf tour that includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in their first joint visit since the formation of the transitional authority structures in Sudan last August.
Media and Information Minister, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, stated in a press release that the visit comes at the invitation by King Salman, and another by the UAE leader to the Prime Minister after his oath as head of the transitional government.