Embattled Sudanese president turns to Qatar for aid

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s trip cuts across the politics now roiling the Gulf Arab states.
Wednesday 23/01/2019
Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. (AP)
Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. (AP)

DUBAI - Sudan’s embattled president is in Qatar looking for support amid weekslong protests against his 29-year rule in the African nation.

President Omar al-Bashir will meet Wednesday with Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

The two men are expected to discuss possible aid to Sudan, which is suffering from deep economic problems that sparked the protests.

Al-Bashir’s trip also cuts across the politics now roiling the Gulf Arab states.

Sudan has sent troops to support the Saudi-led war in Yemen, but now seeks aids from Qatar, which the kingdom and three other Arab states have been boycotting since June 2017 in a political dispute.

Sudanese officials said in December that Sheikh Tamim promised Qatar will “provide all that is needed” to help Sudan get through its crisis.

(Associated Press)