- Title: Sudan prime minister urges Saudi investment
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) SUDANESE PRIME MINSTER, ABDALLAH HAMDOK, MEETING WITH SAUDI BUSINESSMEN AT COUNCIL OF SAUDI CHAMBERS HAMDOK SEATED HAMDOK SEATED WITH HEAD OF COUNCIL OF SAUDI CHAMBERS, SAMI AL-OBAIDI AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, ABDULRAHMAN AL-FADHLI (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF COUNCIL OF SAUDI CHAMBERS, SAMI AL-OBAIDI, SAYING: "The relationship between the Kingdom and Sudan has witnessed development in the fields of trade and investment. The trade exchange between the two countries in 2018 reached about four billion and 600 million Saudi riyals ($1.2 billion), thus ranking Sudan as the seventh most important trading partner among the Arab countries." VARIOUS OF BUSINESSMEN AND EXECUTIVES LISTENING TO SPEAKERS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUDANESE PRIME MINISTER, ABDALLAH HAMDOK, SAYING: "The change that has taken place in Sudan is profound and it encompassed all aspects of life, including the creation of the suitable environment for investment in our country. We promise you that we will work with you to overcome all the difficulties and obstacles that were facing the Saudi investors." ATTENDEES CLAPPING SUDANESE DELEGATE WRITING MEETING IN PROGRESS HAMDOK LISTENING TO SAUDI INVESTORS TALKING ABOUT DIFFICULTIES FACING INVESTMENTS IN SUDAN SAUDI INVESTOR TALKING TO HAMDOK ROYAL GUARD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUDANESE PRIME MINISTER, ABDALLA HAMDOK, SAYING: "As a result of the change in Sudan, we firmly believe that these sanctions (American sanctions) will be lifted and soon. We are also working with the (Saudi) kingdom's leadership to lift these sanctions." HAMDOK LISTENING TO SAUDI INVESTORS SAUDI INVESTOR TALKING TO HAMDOK HAMDOK THANKING ATTENDEES / ATTENDEES APPLAUDING
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 16:05
- Keywords: Saudi Arabia Sudan Investment Economy Politics
- Location: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Sudan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03K6DX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Sudan's Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, urged Saudi businessmen to investment in Sudan, following what he described as "profound change" in his country.
His remarks came during his meeting with Saudi investors at the Council Of Saudi Chambers on Monday (October 7), after he met with Saudi top executives.
"The change that has taken place in Sudan is a profound change that has covered all aspects of life, including the creation of the suitable environment for investment in our country," said Hamdok, adding that Sudan is working on overcoming obstacles facing the Saudi investors.
Head of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Sami El-Obaidi, said that Sudan is the seventh most important trading partner to Saudi Arabia, with investments making up a total of $1.2 billion.
"The trade exchange between the two countries in 2018 reached about four billion and 600 million Saudi riyals, thus ranking Sudan as the seventh most important trading partners among the Arab countries," said Obaidi.
The meeting is part of Hamdok's visit to Saudi Arabia, during which he also met with King Salman.
Shortly after Hamdok's meeting with Salman, the Saudi foreign ministry sent out a tweet saying that Saudi Arabia is working to remove Sudan from the United States' list of state sponsors of terrorism.
The designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to 1993, over allegations that former President Omar al-Bashir's Islamist government was supporting terrorism. A transitional government was installed in August following months of protests that led to the military ousting Bashir.
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