World Bank Pauses Mali Payments After Coup as Leader Warns Against Sanctions

The World Bank said on Friday it had temporarily paused payments to operations in Mali following a military coup, while the man expected to become the new prime minister warned sanctions would only complicate the country's crisis.The World Bank's actions added to pressure on Mali's military leadership after chief security ally France announced on Thursday it was suspending joint operations with Malian troops in order to press for a return…

World Bank Pauses Mali Payments After Coup as Leader Warns Against Sanctions

The World Bank said on Friday it had temporarily paused payments to operations in Mali following a military coup, while the man expected to become the new prime minister warned sanctions would only complicate the country's crisis.The World Bank's actions added to pressure on Mali's military leadership after chief security ally France announced on Thursday it was suspending joint operations with Malian troops in order to press for a return…

Foreign Minister attends official plenary session of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, attended the official plenary session of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, which was held in the presence of President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The President of the Russian Federation opened the forum with a speech, in which he welcomed the participants in the forum after it was suspended the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He…

Closer Bahrain-Russia energy cooperation discussed

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, met with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gazprom, Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for Cooperation with the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Viktor Zubkov, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The meeting reviewed the distinguished relations between Bahrain and Russia and their shared keenness to continue strengthening cooperation, especially in the fields related to the…

Foreign Minister meets Russian Minister of Culture

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, met today with the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation and Head of the Russian side of the Joint Governmental Committee for Economic, Commercial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Russian Federation, Olga Lyubimova, on the occasion of the Minister’s participation in Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. During the meeting, the Minister expressed the Kingdom…

Ways to boost Bahrain-Russia health cooperation discussed

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, met with Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. The meeting discussed the friendship and cooperation between Bahrain and Russia at all levels and ways to enhance cooperation in the health fields. The two sides reviewed their joint efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, expressing the appreciation for the constructive partnership…

Caught in Transition: food aid in Sudan’s changing political economy

Food aid has long been a part of Sudan’s political economy; whether as a form of government budget support, a way of maintaining or attracting political allies, to feed soldiers or deny food to enemies. Powerful actors and institutions have found numerous ways to benefit from food aid or its denial. The 2019 revolution and political transition presents an opportunity for change; for maximising the positive impacts of food aid…

Sudan expects 80% of its foreign debt be written off in June

May 19, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has expected the creditor nations would cancel 80 per cent of $60 billion debt Sudan owes them next June. Hamdok arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday night after his participation in an international conference organized by President Emmanuel Macron to remove Sudan’s foreign debt and attract investments, with the participation of about 40 countries and a global front. Speaking to the…
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