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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sudan, Qatar to sign USD 4 bn agreement to develop, manage Red Sea port

Sudan and Qatar will sign a USD 4 bn agreement to jointly develop and manage the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan’s coast, Sudan’s Transport Minister Makkawi Mohamed Awad and his Qatari counterpart Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti announced in a joint press conference, Sudan Tribune reports. Qatari Transport Ministry officials visiting Sudan told Reuters that the cost and other details of the agreement had not been finalized yet. Sudan has been playing a dangerous regional game, mending ties with Egypt on the one hand, while flirting with the latter’s rivals on the other. Sudan’s new pact with Qatar follows an agreement with Turkey to redevelop the Suakin island for military use.

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