His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, welcomed Lt. General Abdel Fattah Burhan, Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), upon his arrival at the Presidential Airport, on Sunday.
The UAE will back Sudan while passing through current circumstances to achieve peaceful political transition, Sheikh Mohamed said. He further affirmed that the UAE would stand with Sudan in its efforts to preserve its security and stability, fulfill the aspirations of the brotherly Sudanese people for development and progress and to realize a peaceful political transition under national reconciliation and unity.
Sheikh Mohamed said he was confident of the Sudanese people’s ability and their national institutions to overcome this stage and move towards the future with a united national spirit.
Sheikh Mohamed said the UAE would spare no effort to do whatever is good for the brotherly people of Sudan. For his part, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan expressed thanks and gratitude to the UAE for its supportive stances towards Sudan, especially its financial assistance to Sudan’s economy.
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs; Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court; and Hamad Mohammed Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan; and the delegation accompanying the Sudanese leader attended the meeting, according to Emirates News Agency WAM.
On Saturday, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi also received the Head of the Sudanese Military Transitional Council, General Abdul Fattah Burhan, in Cairo to address recent updates in Sudan, Egypt’s Presidency declared in a statement.
Burhan’s visit to Egypt is his first foreign trip since he seized power last month after the Sudanese military toppled former President Omar Al-Bashir, following months of large-scale protests.
In a meeting held late Saturday, Al-Sisi voiced support to the Sudanese people’s free will, and their choices to draft the future of their country. He also asserted his country’s keenness in supporting Sudan with all means to overcome this period, in line with the expectations of the Sudanese people and without foreign intervention.
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and Minister of Defense General Mohamed Zaki, and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, also attended the meeting.
For Burhan, he praised Egypt’s readiness to support the Sudanese people as well as their efforts to back their choices to maintain stability and security in the country, the statement continued.
Burhan’s visit to Cairo came after Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud met Deputy Head of Sudan’s Transitional Council General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo in Jeddah on Friday.
The two sides reviewed aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two sisterly countries in addition to latest developments at the regional arena, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
“Sudan is standing with the Kingdom against all threats and attacks from Iran and Houthi militias in Yemen,” General Dagalo said.
The Kingdom, in conjunction with the UAE, pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to help Sudan recover after mass protests that had led to the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir last month.
On 19 May 2019, the two Gulf allies deposited $500 million ($250 million each) into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first installment of the joint package of aid.