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Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah receives Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Kuwait (Photo: Kuwait’s Emiri Diwan)

Khartoum – Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah met on Tuesday with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is on an official trip that would also take him to Bahrain.

The two officials discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in the various fields.

The Sudanese president and his accompanying delegation arrived Tuesday in Kuwait on a two-day official visit upon an invitation from the Kuwaiti Emir.

Sudan’s government news agency quoted Deputy Minister of the Emiri Diwan Affairs Ali Jarah Al Sabah as saying that the two sides held a round of talks on bilateral relations besides regional and international issues of common interests.

The deputy minister noted that discussions were held “in a friendly atmosphere”, adding that the two officials have stressed their willingness to promote cooperation on the different levels.

The meeting also saw talks on Kuwait’s support for the Arab food security plan that was approved by the Arab leaders at their recent meeting in Amman.

In 2013, during a meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Riyadh, the Sudanese president launched an initiative to promote Arab food security by offering investment opportunities in agriculture and livestock in Sudan.

Sudanese local news agency reported that last February, Sudan’s Investment Minister Mudathir Abdel-Ghani said his country offered 220 investment projects to achieve the food security plan, pointing that Arab agricultural and livestock investment in Sudan represents 85 percent of the total foreign investment in the two sectors.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said on Monday that al-Bashir would head to Bahrain following his visit to Kuwait at the invitation of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Local news agencies said that the Sudanese president was accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, including the minister of the presidency, Fadl Abdallah Fadl, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, Finance Minister Badreddine Mahmoud and Minister of Water Resources Electricity and Dams Moataz Moussa.