Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir has arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday on his first visit to the Kingdom since the start of the Gulf crisis.
The President, who went to Mecca first to perform the holy pilgrimage,was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by the Deputy Governor of Mecca Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, and a number of officials.
The Sudanese President is later expected to meet with the Saudi King to discuss bilateral relations as well as recent developments in the region.
Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, who is accompanying the president, said Al Bashir will hold bilateral talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz. He further said that the Sudanese president will support mediation efforts of the Kuwaiti Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al-Sabah to resolve the Gulf crisis.
Local newspapers also said the two leaders will also discuss Riyadh’s efforts to lift the US sanctions on Sudan besides the latter’s participation in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over alleged accusations that Doha was supporting what they called terrorist groups saying they are threats to the region’s peace and security including Hamas. Also, they say that Qatar is siding Iran.
Doha rejects all these accusations.
Sudan is among the Arab states that refused to take part in the ongoing diplomatic crisis and declared its support for the Kuwaiti efforts to settle the rift. Khartoum has strong ties with Doha and good relations with Saudi Arabia and UAE.