Home > News > World
Wednesday April 2, 2014 MYT 9:25:03 PM
Wednesday April 2, 2014 MYT 9:27:21 PM
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Qatar will deposit $1 billion (601 million pounds) at Sudan's central bank as part of an aid package, Khartoum said on Wednesday, a move likely to worsen neighbouring Egypt's already tense relations with Doha.
The announcement by Sudanese Finance Minister Badr El-Din Mahmoud came at the end of a one-day state visit to Khartoum by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
Mahmoud, speaking to journalists at Khartoum airport, said Qatar also planned to invest in large agricultural and energy projects in Sudan, a country vital to Egyptian interests because of its location upstream on the river Nile.
Mahmoud said the deposit was the second part of an aid package but declined to give details of the first part.
In a written statement, Sheikh Tamim said his visit "comes to confirm the two countries' desire for continued dialogue and coordination on issues of mutual interest".
Egypt has accused Qatar of meddling in its internal affairs and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that was ejected from power by the army last year after mass protests against President Mohamed Mursi's rule.
(Reporting by Khaled Abdel Aziz; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by John Stonestreet)
Qatar signs aid deal worth $1.25 billion for Morocco
World Bank raises Philippine typhoon aid package to almost $1 billion
Sudan says it declined Iran air defence offer after attack
Qatar PM promises $3 billion more aid to Egypt
Saudi Arabia gives Egypt $5 billion in aid
EU foreign policy boss determined to work with new Tunisian leader
Al Jazeera suspends Egypt channel as Doha, Cairo mull closer ties
Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute
Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Chelsea go three clear after easing to win at Stoke
Taiwan says Uber 'violating law' by operating without licence
Rafael Nadal is Tommy Hilfiger's latest spokesmodel
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)