Sudanese-Emirati Relations: A Report

Mohamed Saad Kamel

Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Vice-President of the Sovereignty Council, and the accompanying delegation, which included a member of the Sovereign Council, Professor Raja Nikola today in Abu Dhabi, offered condolences and sympathy to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, on the death of the country’s late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the brotherly Emirati people and Al Nahyan, in their great loss.

Pointing out that the deceased was a wise and inspiring leader who was loved and respected by everyone, for what he instilled in the values ​​of tolerance, peace, and openness.

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Sudan opened Saturday a registry of condolences on the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, at the residence of the Head of Mission in Khartoum.

The first day witnessed a large presence of dignitaries, officials, and leaders of Sudanese political parties and civil society organizations besides native administrations, and Sufi sects.

UAE Ambassador to Sudan Hamad Al Junaibi said that the UAE during the era of the late Sheikh witnessed great openness to various countries of the world, and presented good models in all fields.

Member of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council Abul-Gasim Burtom, expressed heartfelt condolences to the government and people of the UAE over the death of late Shiekh Khalifa, referring to his great contributions to strengthening the bonds of brotherhood between the two countries, wishing his successor all success.

Secretary-General of the Transitional Sovereignty Council Lt. Gen. Mohamed Al-Ghali said that the Arab nation had lost a leader who had followed the path of the Wiseman of the Arab nation, founder of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and expressed his sincere condolences to the government and people of UAE.

General Dagalo congratulated His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on the confidence of the members of the Federal Supreme Council and for his election as president of the country.

For his part, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his thanks and appreciation for the sincere feelings expressed by General Dagalo and the accompanying delegation towards the UAE and its people in their affliction.

This meeting between Hemedti and Mohamed bin Zayed was not their first meeting. Soon, Hemedti discussed with bin Zayed “Sudanese-Emirati relations and ways to support and strengthen them in all fields to serve the aspirations of the peoples of the two countries.”

In addition to cooperation, he also discussed “the totality of bilateral, regional and international issues and the importance of joint coordination between the two countries in all forums.”

A statement issued by the UAE indicated that Hemedti “expressed Sudan’s condemnation of the repeated Houthi attacks on the UAE, which pose an explicit threat to international peace and security, and the security and stability of the region in particular.”

He stressed that “Sudan stands by the Emirati people in the face of everything that threatens the security and integrity of its territories.”

For his part, Mohammed bin Zayed praised “brotherly Sudan’s position and its solidarity with the UAE towards the Houthi terrorist attack that it was subjected to,” according to the council’s statement.

The Crown Prince expressed his hope that “Sudan and its people achieve stability and development,” stressing “the UAE’s commitment to continue supporting Sudan and its people to achieve peace, stability, and prosperity.”

The Sudanese-Emirati relations extend for a long time and are witnessing a remarkable development in all aspects, especially the economic and developmental ones.

The relationship between the two countries began in the early seventies of the twentieth century, with the start of the Haya-Port Sudan road, which links the various states of Sudan with its main port, then joint projects between the two countries continued. Among the most prominent of these projects is the Merowe Dam project, in which the UAE was the main contributor.

In the seventies, several agreements were signed during the era of former Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri, which included the fields of economy, technical and cultural cooperation, and media exchange. The UAE government and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Economic Development also provided loans and assistance to Sudan in several vital projects, including roads, railways, spinning and weaving factories, and support for the balance of payments.

Then, over the various eras of government in Sudan, economic projects continued, based on the old ones, and new agreements were signed, such as the agreement on cooperation in the field of air transport, the revitalization of Sudan and the Emirates Company, and the Emirates partnership in the Khartoum International Fair, and Emirati investors entered into new fields and horizons such as The field of oil, mining, and manufacturing.

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