European Union countries have promised to give 466 million euros ($516.61 million) in grants and humanitarian aid to Sudan, reported Reuters. The announcement follows a meeting of an EU delegation with Sudan’s Foreign Minister Asmaa Abdallah in Khartoum on Wednesday.
According to a report coming from state news agency SUNA, the EU will first provide a grant of 200 million euros ($221.72 million) followed by the second round of worth 141 million euros after some time. It will also provide Sudan with 100 million euros and 25 million euros as humanitarian aid.
The foreign minister told the EU delegation that Khartoum’s transitional government is in need of the support of the international community and wants the international restrictions on Sudan to be removed especially removal from the U.S. terror list.
Notably, Sudan’s inclusion in the U.S. state sponsors of terror list has closed its doors from receiving foreign funding, including from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
As per the report, the delegation “will study the needs of Sudan at this stage and coordinate with the competent authorities to support development projects”.
The EU delegation also met with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Wednesday. Their talks focused on the cooperation between Sudan and the EU in various areas.
Hamdok and Jean-Christophe Belliard, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, discussed how to support the efforts of the transitional government to stop the war with armed groups and establish peace and stability.
A transitional government was set up in Sudan last month as part of a three-year power-sharing deal signed in August between the military and civilian parties and protest groups. Mass protests forced the Sudanese army to overthrow President Omar al-Bashir in April. Bashir had served as the president for the last 30 years.