Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions

Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions


04-02-2014, 03:10 PM


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Title: Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions
Author: The Daily Star
Date: 04-02-2014, 03:10 PM

April 02, 2014 12:32 PM (Last updated: April 02, 2014 03:26 PM)

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (L) welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as he arrives at Khartoum Airport for an official visit April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (L) welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as he arrives at Khartoum Airport for an official visit April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah








KHARTOUM: Qatar's emir started a visit toandnbsp;Sudanandnbsp;on Wednesday at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbours over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood.

Sheikhandnbsp;Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thaniandnbsp;was greeted atandnbsp;Khartoumandnbsp;airport by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, at the start of what an analyst called a meeting of two regionally-isolated regimes.

The two were to hold talks at a conference centre along the Blue Nile.

Sheikh Tamim's stop, planned to last about six hours, coincides with unprecedented tensions betweenandnbsp;Dohaandnbsp;and otherandnbsp;Gulf statesandnbsp;over the widely-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The Sudanese regime, which took power 25 years ago in an Islamist-backed coup, is essentially based on support from the Brotherhood, said Safwat Fanous, a political scientist at the University of Khartoum.

He told AFP that the emir's visit appears aimed to "break the isolation" ofandnbsp;Qatarandnbsp;from its Gulf neighbours and Egypt.

Energy-rich Qatar has been a key backer of Sudan's cash-strapped government, and Khartoum's foreign ministry said the emir's visit came at the invitation of Bashir.

Sudanese officials last month said Qatar was providing $135 million in support for Sudan's rich but under-developed archaeological heritage.

Qatar also hosted talks which led to the 2011 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur between Khartoum and rebel groups in the western region of Sudan.