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Sudan ‘gets $1.5bn’ aid package from Gulf

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Addis Ababa, October 8, 2019 (FBC) – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have given Sudan an aid package worth $1.5bn, Reuters news agency reports quoting Sudan’s finance minister.

The aid was agreed shortly after President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April as a way to shore up the military leaders who had ousted him.

Reuters quotes Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi as saying that $500m has been deposited in Sudan’s central bank, and $1bn-worth of petroleum products and food have also been sent.

The country’s economy has been struggling since it lost most of its oil fields when South Sudan declared independence in 2011.

Queues for food and bread are common, Reuters says.

Sudan is expecting a further $1.5bn in aid from Saudi Arabia and UAE.