Sudan, Qatar to sign $4 bln deal to manage Red Sea port
Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4 billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan’s coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying.
Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on March 25, the reports said.
The deal is likely to anger Sudan’s northern neighbor Egypt, which accuses Qatar of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement - which Doha has denied - and which joined a Saudi-led boycott of the gas-rich Gulf state last year.
It was unclear if the Qatar deal would affect the existing agreement with Turkey.