The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not and will not brag about its foreign affairs. The Kingdom is known as one of the few countries whose actions speak louder than words. Its positions toward its sisterly countries, friends and allies during hardships and challenges are the best proof of this.
In 1988, when Sudan was hit by severe floods the Kingdom set up a large air bridge to provide relief to the displaced and injured Sudanese.
The Kingdom and Sudan have long enjoyed a brotherly relationship, which was strengthened by mutual commercial trade between the seaports in Suakin and Jeddah.
The Kingdom has not sought any interests or political gain from aid it has given to the Sudanese people. During the 1988 floods, it took into consideration the fact that the Sudanese government was made up of political parties with different visions and ideologies and that some were flagrantly hostile to the Kingdom. However, the Kingdom did not base its relations with Sudan on shortsighted interests, as some countries do.
The $3 billion Saudi-UAE aid campaign for the Sudanese people came as a result of the dangerous economic collapse in Sudan, especially the collapse of its currency and the failure of its banks to meet their obligations and the kilometer-long lines of vehicles waiting to fill up with gas. This was the result of the former regime’s policies that plunged the country into numerous problems (which cannot be explained here) to the extent that it is said that some members of the former Sudanese government used to shamelessly sell humanitarian relief aid which was supposed to be given to the poor and the needy.
Undoubtedly, the Saudi-UAE aid campaigns have been instrumental in preventing the collapse of the Sudanese currency. The Sudanese pound has begun to regain its strength in the face of the pressing needs of the Sudanese people. This has prevented the Three Evils (Turkey, Iran and Qatar) from imposing their influence on the will of the Sudanese people and exploiting the situation for the interests of Brotherhood and Persian ideologies.
It was not unusual that Turkish President Erdogan described the Sudanese people’s revolution as a coup d’état. The mullahs of Tehran were shocked by the changes in Sudan and regretted the removal of the Bashir regime, which sold Sudan to Iran’s cells working under the guise of culture to spread Shi’ism and their own ideologies.
The Sudanese people were aware of these risks and succeeded once again in exposing the Three Evils (Ankara, Tehran and Doha) who took advantage of Sudan’s resources through fake projects with special agendas and interests.
Erdogan did not hide his desire for the Red Sea. During his visit to Sudan last year, he concluded a deal with Al-Bashir to turn Suakin seaport on the Red Sea into a military base to threaten neighboring countries. The Sudanese people knew about this deal, which did not go through. Erdogan wanted an opportunity to have a military base in the Red Sea just like the one Turkey has in the Gulf, thanks to Qatar.
Al-Bashir’s regime has over the past 30 years failed in leading Sudan and avoiding a policy of polarization. The regime opted instead for a self-praise policy when it should have faced the challenges and pulled the country through the crises it encountered.
Certainly, the Kingdom will continue to support Sudan and will not base this support on policies of polarization and immediate interests. The Kingdom has done this for many decades out of its love for the Sudanese people. It will continue to do so without considering political instability. Most importantly, the plans of the Three Evils have been exposed and the Sudanese people have started to clamp down on Brotherhood members.