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Sudan leaders meet Saudi king in Riyadh

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]

The head of the Sudanese sovereignty council, Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, arrived in Riyadh on an official visit, yesterday, the first since taking office in August.

The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk accompanied Al-Burhan. The visit comes following an invitation by the Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, marking the first time since the formation of Sudan's new civilian-military Sovereign Council.

The two leaders were accompanied by the Sudanese foreign minister Asma Abdullah, finance minister, Ibrahim Al-Badawi, and trade minister, Madani Abbas, and the director of the General Intelligence Service (GIS), Abu Bakr Dumblab.

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According to officials SPA, King Salaman said he was "backing stability and prosperity of Sudan."

The officials meeting also discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

Since June 2011, Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has been fighting the Sudanese Army Forces (SAF) in the states of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. On 21 August 2019 Abdalla Hamdok was sworn in as prime minister for the 39-month transitional period after which elections can be held.

The Sudanese hope the transitional period agreement signed last August will end the turmoil that the country has been exercising since the military ousted Al-Bashir following widespread protests against his 30-year rule.

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