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Saudi Arabia deposits $250m into central bank of Sudan

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud (R) talks with Head of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC), Abdul Fattah al-Burhan (L) during an emergency Arab League Summit at Al Safa Palace in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 31 May, 2019 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia has deposited $250 million into the central bank of Sudan to support its financial position, the Saudi Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

The financial grant is part of a package with the United Arab Emirates worth $500 million announced in April. Both countries pledged an overall $3 billion in aid, with the rest going towards fuel, wheat, and medicine.

The grant is aimed at alleviating pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve stability in its exchange rate, the ministry said.

In April, mass protests led the Sudanese army to topple President Omar al Bashir.

However, Sudan’s economy is still haunted by Bashir’s legacy – the penalties imposed for his support of militant groups and for the offensive he launched to crush rebels in the western region of Darfur.

Because Sudan is still listed by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism and has $1.3 billion of IMF arrears, it is unable to tap the IMF and World Bank for support. Sudanese banks have struggled to re-establish correspondent relationships with foreign banks.

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