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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Meets Sudan’s Head of Transitional Military Council


Lamis ElSharqawy

Sun, 26 May 2019 23:02 GMT

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, upon his arrival at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi Sunday May 26th.

Mohamed bin Zayed expressed the United Arab Emirates' support for the people of Sudan as it navigates a transition after the ouster of Omar al-Bashir to preserve the country's security and stability, WAM has reported.  

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan's visit to the UAE came on the heels of a trip to Egypt and a visit by his deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, to Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Burhan’s visit to Egypt and the UAE is his first trip abroad since the ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir last month. He discussed security cooperation and counter terrorism with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his great confidence in the ability of Sudanese people and state institutions to overcome the current phase and move to the future in a unified national spirit. 

“The United Arab Emirates is keen to support Sudan in all that is good for its brotherly people”, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said during the meeting. 

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council Head valued the UAE's support to Sudan especially its contribution to strengthen the economy. 

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince stressed on the importance of dialogue between the Sudanese at the current sensitive stage. "Through dialogue that seeks reconciliation, Sudan will succeed, achieve its goal, strengthen its stability and build a new prosperous phase with confidence towards the future," the official Emirates News Agency reported.   

Deputy head of Sudan's ruling military council, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, visited Saudi Arabia and held talks with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. 

Al-Burhan, said in April that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the closest allies to Sudan.

Transitional Military Council took over Sudan's rule under the chairmanship of former Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf, who stepped down in response popular pressure. Al Burhan, the Sudanese Armed Forces General Inspector then took over the leadership of TMC.

Sudan's main protest group, the Sudanese Professionals' Association, said Sunday 26th May, it has met with the Saudi ambassador in Khartoum, and called on KSA to support a civilian transitional rule.

Official talks between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that Burhan leads and an alliance of trade unions and opposition groups have stalled over whether the military or civilians will have ultimate control over transitional bodies.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia pledged $3 billion in financial and material support to Sudan in late April.

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