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Qatar Pledges $50 Million in Humanitarian Response to Sudan

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 20 June 2023
Qatar Pledges $50 Million in Humanitarian Response to Sudan

Qatar announced a $50 million donation to support the regional refugee plan for Sudan as well as the United Nations' humanitarian response plan.

The pledge came during a donor meeting on Monday in Geneva.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the prime minister and foreign minister of the Gulf nation, made the contribution announcement as he was virtually present at the event, which Qatar co-chaired.

“Based on our fraternal responsibility and our moral and human duty towards our brothers in Sudan, and as a continuation of our continuous humanitarian and development efforts in brotherly Sudan, we announce the State of Qatar’s pledge of $50 million to support the efforts of the Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee Plan,” Sheikh Mohammed announced.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, the European Union, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also served as chairs of the event.

The most recent high-level gathering takes place more than two months after Sudan's bloodiest conflict in years, which has claimed more than 1,500 lives.

Sheikh Mohammed reiterated Qatar's steadfast support for Sudan's "unity, independence, sovereignty, and safety" during his speech, while condemning "all forms of intervention in its domestic affairs."

“We appreciate regional and international efforts, especially the joint Saudi-American mediation that achieved several humanitarian ceasefires,” the Qatari official said, also thanking the African Union’s efforts.

Qatar further emphasized that there is no military solution to the crisis and that the only viable option is political resolution.

Sheikh Mohammed reiterated his calls for a "immediate" end to the fighting while prioritising the needs of the general populace, engaging in dialogue, and abiding by international and humanitarian law.

“Our moral and human commitment requires that we all stand in solidarity with the brotherly Sudanese people,” he said.

The warring factions in Sudan came to an agreement on a new 72-hour ceasefire on Saturday.