In a move to show solidarity with Sudan which is facing economic challenges, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz sent a high-level delegation to the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met on Thursday with the Saudi delegation headed by Dr Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi, minister of Commerce and Investment, Nabil bin Mohammed al-Amoudi, minister of Transport, and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan, minister of State for African Affairs.
Al-Qasabi, said that the visit came under the directives of the Saudi monarch in order to strengthen economic relations with Sudan and increase trade, according to Saudi Press Agency.
He further revealed that there was an action plan and a visit by Saudi businessmen being planned to Sudan in this regard.
The Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment said: “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques affirmed that Sudan’s security and stability are an integral part of the Kingdom’s.”
He stressed that the Kingdom had not and would not delay support for Sudan and its people, in recognition of Sudan’s position towards the Kingdom and the great role played by the Sudanese in supporting the education process in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Qasabi pointed out that the Kingdom had provided more than SR23 bln in loans for development projects in the Republic of Sudan, of which SR8 bln was in the last four years, adding that this was part of a duty and that there were development programs, loans under study in the framework of cooperation between the two countries.
The Saudi delegation’s meeting with President al-Bashir was also attended by Riyadh ambassador to Khartoum, Ali bin Hassan Jaafar.