EU countries to give Sudan €466 million in grants, aid

Protesters on the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, 11 April 2019. [Stringer/EPA/EFE]

European Union countries will give Sudan €466 million in grants and humanitarian aid, the state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday (30 October) after an EU delegation met Sudan’s foreign minister in Khartoum.

The EU will first provide a grant of €200 million followed by another worth €141 million at a later date, SUNA said. It will also provide Sudan with €100 million and €25 million as humanitarian aid.

Sudan’s inclusion on the U.S. state sponsors of terror list has blocked it from receiving badly needed foreign funding, including from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Foreign Minister Asmaa Abdallah told the EU delegation that the Khartoum’s transitional government “require the support of the international community and the removal of restrictions on Sudan, especially the removal of Sudan from the U.S. terror list.”

The delegation “will study the needs of Sudan at this stage and coordinate with the competent authorities to support development projects”, SUNA reported.

Sudan’s transitional government was formed last month as part of a three-year power-sharing deal signed in August between the military and civilian parties and protest groups who overthrew president Omar el Beshir in April following 16 weeks of street protests against his 30-year rule.

Protesters remained on the streets, pressuring the military council to cede power to civilians. That culminated in the August deal that set up a transitional ruling council. However, the truce between the military and civil society campaigners for democracy remains extremely fragile and is likely to be tested in the coming months.

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