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IMF report shows Saudi Arabia less generous to Sudan than to other Arab nations

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September 23, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – Saudi Arabia’s financial aid to Sudan accounted for only 1.34% of the total amount of money allocated by the oil-producing nation to other Arab countries over the last eighteen months, according to a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Saudi King Abdullah (R) meets Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir in Riyadh March 9, 2012. (Reuters/Saudi Press Agency)

The report released last Tuesday reveals that Riyadh pledged $240 million to Khartoum in the form of infrastructure loans but that only $80 million were disbursed so far.

The figures which covered January 2011 to June 2012 puts Sudan in eighth place out of the nine Arab countries which received financial promises from Saudi Arabia. Largest recipient of Saudi aid were Bahrain & Oman ($5 billion), Egypt ($3.99 billion), Yemen ($3.60 billion), Jordan ($2.65 billion), Morocco ($1.25 billion), Tunisia ($750 million), West Bank and Gaza ($340 million) and Djibouti ($40 million).

Khartoum has been grappling with a worsening economic crisis ever since the oil-rich South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011. Sudan was forced to adopt unpopular austerity measures aimed at curtailing spending and preventing depletion of foreign currency reserves which was pushing inflation to record levels.

The Sudanese government dispatched delegations to several Arab countries seeking help including a visit by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir last March to Riyadh where he met with Saudi King Abdullah.

But only Qatar made a public pledge in the amount of $2 billion in the form of treasury bills and other investments. It was not immediately clear if Doha followed through on its promise.

In contrast Sudan’s northern neighbor received more than $5 billion in loans and pledges, including $2 billion in direct budget support from Qatar and loans from Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Development Bank.

Qatar deposited $500 million in direct budget support at the Egyptian central bank in August and said it would pay the remaining $1.5 billion over the coming three months. This month the Qatari Prime Minister said it would invest $18 billion dollars in tourism and industry projects along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast over the next five years.

Sudan’s hefty $38 billion debt and chilly relations with Western nations as well as U.S comprehensive economic sanctions means that the East African nation has limited venues for borrowing to cover its budget gap.

China, which has been Khartoum’s main political and economic backer over the last decade, has scrapped financing for dozens of projects in Sudan citing lack of oil collateral.

Earlier this year the U.S. special envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman told U.S. lawmakers that the Obama administration wants Arab countries to link any financial help to Khartoum with allowing humanitarian aid to rebel-held areas in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Lyman also claimed that some unnamed countries have recently “stopped giving Sudan considerable assistance”.

Last month the Financial Times newspaper reported that Washington would push rich Arab states as well as China to help Khartoum plugging part of its $3 billion budget deficit and will waive sanctions preventing dollar transactions to Sudan.

The U.S. hopes that this move would encourage Sudan to seal a deal with its southern neighbor on oil exports which was suspended by Juba as a result of disagreement on oil transport fees Khartoum wanted to charge.

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  • 24 September 2012 07:44, by Dinkawarrior

    Just wait for some years coming, you will be wonder what happened to your Arabism. They realized that you’re no longer am effective sister, your failure of promoting Islamic to the Black Nation of Africa is the main issues. Remember how many trillion U.S Dollars you recieved from Saudi Arabia when you lied to them about the growing of Islam in Sudan. Shame on you liars!

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  • 24 September 2012 07:58, by Kenyan the cushite

    offcourse the Saudi royals do not want to be asscociated to war criminals and people pretending to be arabs. they know al bashir and all sudanese are African. a country in the middle of africa killing africans so they can pretend to be like arabs who dont like them hahahahaha. all of them are going to hell. you too jalaba

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  • 24 September 2012 08:14, by Northern Sudanese

    wth is wrong with you pussies up there making fake statements? saudi arabia is not a nation that gives us loans, its a nation that supports us financially in many projects. the nation that supports us financially most is qatar. i won’t be surprised that saudi gave egypt more money, egypt needs far more than us because it has a far larger population.

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    • 24 September 2012 14:49, by zulu

      Saudi is financially supportive myt ass.. terrorist states like yurs have not been supported by saudi at all. much less if it is not an arab state. so, is sudan an arab or african?

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    • 26 September 2012 12:47, by Logic

      N. Sudanese
      So Saudi gives Egypt more aid than Sudan because Egypt has more people! Were you born dumb or did the NCP turn you into a willing retard. The US gives Israel more aid than any other country yet its has a far less population than most of its aid recipients, aid is about self interest just like everything else in global politics!

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  • 24 September 2012 08:18, by Ayman fadul

    you know what
    u can victimize yourself as much as u can , malingering the symptoms of racism, and playing lone lamp in a wood
    but that do not blur the bold truth that you are the most country in the world rotting with racism
    if the racial Arabs claiming superiority over purity of Arabian blood, you draw no differences, by claiming to be Africans more than Africa itself
    the hell with Africa & Arab

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  • 24 September 2012 08:33, by Kenyan the cushite

    KENYA can also apply to be in the arab league, but we dont want to fake arabs. we are proud africans. long ago we established the kilwa and malinde sulatanate in 960-1000 AD. well before the fake arabs in khartoum even existed. am sure saudi arabia has more respect for kenyan than sudan

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    • 24 September 2012 10:34, by forza

      Kenyan,
      Do you know what is the mean of word "ARAB" ?? It means the one who can speak,read and write Arabic..kenyans don’t speak,read or write arabic that’s why it’s not in the Arab league,,not because they don’t want to be fake Arab.by the way why are you so active in Sudan afairs ??

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      • 26 September 2012 11:41, by Logic

        Forza
        If your assertion is true, why then is Somalia in the AL!!!!! ARAB is classified as an ethnicity, there’s no doubt some Arabs live in N.Sudan but by no means is it an Arab country, when are you going to stop fooling yourself.

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  • 24 September 2012 08:48, by Kenyan the cushite

    lets examine the state of sudan, the economy is collapsing, 6 states are in a state of war, all the neighbouring countries hate sudan. they are on sanctions list, they are state sponsors of terrorism, the authorities are busy doing genocide and bombimg markets and schools. people are staving to death. east west south north. sudan is a hell hole

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    • 24 September 2012 18:08, by sudani ana

      Kenyan the Kushite
      Yes all you’re saying is true..and we are happy with it, so why don’t you take your Kenyan ass back to your Neirobi slums and buzz off.

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      • 26 September 2012 11:46, by Logic

        Sudani ana
        Maybe you’re happy because your family members don’t get killed, raped or tortured because of their religious, political or ethnic background, but many Sudanese are not happy with the NCP. Get that through your thick skull, why don’t you buzz off to the Arabian peninsular.

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  • 24 September 2012 08:50, by Kenyan the cushite

    look at al bashir ready to lick the shoes of the saudi king. now that ladies and gentlemen is a slave.

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  • 24 September 2012 12:06, by Akol Liai Mager

    It is an obvious, normal as a matter of fact, there are no Arabs in Sudan. Anyone from the dying hearts to be Arabs in Sudan who has been to the Middle East and Gult countries knows what they re’ called by the citizens of those countries. Even Islam, Muslim Sudanese are laughed at and asked silly questions such as "do you think you can go to Heaven and share it with Ali/Omar/Bn Qathaf & Muhammad?

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    • 24 September 2012 13:25, by sudani ana

      Akol
      this just shows that you know nothing about Islam. All Muslims are equal. Mohamed Peace be Upon him said" people are equal like the teeth of a comb". We don’t need to defend Islam, because Allah will defend it. Despite centuries of cursades and war against Islam, its still the fastest growing religion in the world whilst Christianity is dying worldwide.

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      • 24 September 2012 23:52, by Akol Liai Mager

        Not Sudani Inta, the question is that; the Middle Eastern and Gulf Arabs have rejected the idea of Sudanese being Arabs and also claimed to be Muslims in their attempts to go to Heaven with Muhammad. By the way Muhammad nor Islam has nothing to do with Peace and God. They are the agents of Violent and that all.

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      • 26 September 2012 11:55, by Logic

        Sudani ana
        Akol maybe ignorant of Islam and I don’t blame him, but you’re the reason why Islam is hated by many s.Sudanese. You’re quick to protest for the children of Gaza & Iraq but you don’t even shed a tear for Muslim children of Darfur, Nuba or Blue Nile. Your likes don’t care for the teachings of Islam, because your misguided patriotism cancelled them out.

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      • 26 September 2012 11:58, by Logic

        We don’t live in the era of the crusades anymore, its 2012 for peace sake! Its all about the have’s and have not’s! Do you think the overly rich servants of Allah (Saudi royal family) give a damn about the poor of the Muslim world? They have enough money to eradicate poverty in every Muslim country including n.Sudan. Wake up!

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      • 26 September 2012 12:05, by Logic

        You and your internet warriors in arms are a joke, an indoctrinated bunch of dumb-wits and bigots! The NCP are the devils in the cloak of Islam, yet day in, and day out your likes defend the status quo as if your life depended on it! Speak the truth for once in your misguided life. The Islam practiced in n.Sudan is political Islam at its worst, mixed with cultural superiority and misinterpretation

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      • 26 September 2012 12:12, by Logic

        Yes its very sad the amount of generalized hatred displayed here against, northerners, Muslims & Arabs by the recipients of one of Africa’s worst injustices in terms of institutional religious bigotry, racism and brutal marginalization. But blame your political elite for the this and not the victims of repression of the worst kind.

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      • 26 September 2012 12:27, by Logic

        If you truly believe in the teachings that all Muslims are equal, instead of always defending the Khartoum elite in the name of patriotism, ask some commentators on here about their plight in the areas of conflict, Darfur, SK & BN, ask them how one Muslim is treating another. Or are they not worthy of such a conversation because they’re sub-human Muslims?

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  • 24 September 2012 15:30, by Jalaby

    This report is useless and fake and I can smell something bad from it! Saudi comes number 1 country no doubt in terms of the huge aid and support that it provided to Sudan since our independent in 1956, we can’t count the aid they provided to us during Nimary time only let alone other time! Saudi comes number 2 after Kuwait in terms of the biggest country investor in Sudan now!

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    • 24 September 2012 22:38, by Tambura

      Sudan used to feed Saudi Arabis and teach them how to be Arabs because the saves basters of Saudi arabia in sudan used to work in golf as teachers Doctors. When oil discovered in Sudan in 70th Saudia Arabia and other golf states used to pay 70 millions USD a month to oil company not to porduce oil in Sudan so Sudan can remin poor begging them all the time. Why Saudis have to pay you?

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    • 26 September 2012 12:36, by Logic

      Abo dirty Jalabia
      Hahahahaha, if you think Saudi is the number 2 country investor in n.Sudan then you’re dumber than I thought!! Pathetic retard.

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