The Emir pledged support which is aimed at helping the struggling nation, and follows a US$4 billion pledge to develop the Suakin port last year.

Qatar’s Emir has offered support for Sudan’s “unity and stability” during a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, the support is aimed at helping the struggling nation and in part for access to the Red Sea. Last year, Qatar agreed a US$4 billion deal to jointly develop the Suakin port.

President Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests continued in Sudan, locals are angered at the struggling economy and are calling for an end to his 30-year rule.

“President Bashir briefed the Emir on the latest updates regarding the situation and challenges facing the country,” said a statement from the court of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Emir affirmed Qatar’s firm stance on Sudan’s unity and stability, and they discussed the latest developments in the Darfur peace process.”

Bashir came to power in 1989 during a military coup, and has blamed the recent unrest on foreign “agents” and rebels from the western region of Darfur.

So far, 26 people, including two security personnel, have died in the Sudan clashes. Human rights groups say at least 40 have died.

Sudan has sought to maintain good relations with parties on both sides of the bitter Gulf regional dispute. Qatar has forged forward in building successful international relations despite Saudi Arabia launching a boycott of the country in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, a charge Doha denies.

Bashir has contributed troops to a Saudi-led coalition’s war efforts in Yemen, but also struck deals and kept close ties with Qatar and Turkey.

Earlier this week, we revealed how Qatar had offered support to Lebanon to the tune of US$500 million to help its struggling bond market, which was followed by a pledge of support from Saudi Arabia.

Analysts and diplomats saw Bashir’s trip as a chance to tap Qatar for assistance in shoring up the country’s finances, which have been drained since the south seceded with the lion’s share of oil output in 2011.

Qatar has long played a mediating role in Sudan’s Darfur conflict and was among the first countries to express support after protests broke out on December 19th.

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