Sudan to get $400mln from Saudi Arabia, UAE for agriculture - SUNA

Saudi Arabia has committed to investing $3 billion in a joint fund for investments in Sudan

  
A farmer looks at tobacco plants at a farm in the Abu Shoak IDP camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in el-Fasher, February 5, 2015. Snuff tobacco is one of the North Darfur war zone's main cash crops.

A farmer looks at tobacco plants at a farm in the Abu Shoak IDP camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in el-Fasher, February 5, 2015. Snuff tobacco is one of the North Darfur war zone's main cash crops.

REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

CAIRO/KHARTOUM: Sudan will receive $400 million from Saudi Arabia and UAE to fund agricultural production inputs for this year's summer and winter seasons, the state-news agency SUNA said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia has committed to investing $3 billion in a joint fund for investments in Sudan, and to encouraging other parties to participate, Sudanese minister of Cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif told Reuters in March. 

Earlier in March, Sudan also said it had secured a recommitment from Saudi Arabia to a $1.5 billion grant it had first announced in April 2019. 

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had jointly promised $3 billion in aid to Sudan and Sudanese officials previously indicated that $750 million of that aid had been delivered, including a $500 million deposit in the central bank.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok "affirmed Sudan's keenness to activate all what was agreed upon with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", the cabinet said in a statement after his meeting with the Saudi ambassador in Khartoum on Sunday.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah in Cairo and Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum; Writing by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Jane Merriman and David Evans) ((mahmoud.mourad@thomsonreuters.com;))

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