Sudan President Meets Saudi King Salman

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Sudanese President Al Bashir, who is on an unofficial visit to Saudi Arabia met with King Salman on Tuesday to discuss its rift with Qatar and to propose efforts to end the Gulf crisis in support of the Kuwaiti mediation.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud received President Al Bashir at the royal palace in Mecca, adding they break their fast together in the presence of over 20 Saudi princes.

Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour who is part of the presidential delegation stated that Al Bashir in his meeting with King Salman would discuss the Gulf crisis and support mediation efforts of the Kuwaiti Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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.

Unlike several Arab countries, Khartoum didn’t cut diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar and called to ease the tensions between three Gulf countries, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UEA with the tiny Gulf country.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over alleged accusations that Doha was supporting terrorist groups who are threats to the region’s peace and security including Hamas. Also, they say that Qatar is siding Iran. But, Doha rejects all these accusations.

This is Al Bashir’s first visit to the Kingdom since the start of the Gulf crisis.