Bashir to visit Qatar


Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will visit Qatar this week, Qatar’s state news agency QNA said as widespread anti-government protests rage.

Sudan has seen near-daily demonstrations since December 19 triggered by an economic crisis. Protesters blame Bashir for soaring inflation and shortages of staples such as bread.

Bashir will meet Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday to discuss ways of boosting relations, QNA reported, without providing further detail.

Sheikh Tamim was among the first leaders to express support for Bashir after protests started, saying Qatar was ready to offer all necessary help, according to Bashir’s office.

The tiny but wealthy Gulf state has yet to announce any financial aid.

Qatar is vying with rivals in the region for influence in Sudan and other countries on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.