Islamic bank grants Khartoum $63m

Sudan President Hassan Omar al-Bashir. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has given Sudan $63.3 million grant for the development of western Darfur.

The Arab News Agency reported that Khartoum reached the deal with IDB in Tunisia on Saturday.

The agency said in a brief statement that the grant was meant to establish various key facilities and services in the restive region.

Darfur region has experienced one of the worst destructions and mass displacement of populations since 2003, occasioned by local rebels fighting the Khartoum regime.

Discrimination

The rebels accuse Khartoum of marginalisation and discrimination of the blacks by their Arab compatriots.

IDB is a Jeddah-based multilateral development financing institution established in 1973 and its present membership stands at 57 countries.

The bank's primary objective is to engage in specialised and integrated activities such as project financing and enhancing economic collaboration among member countries.

However, Khartoum has been on spot on several occasions with human rights groups accusing it of backing Islamist formations and causing instability in the region. The Omar Bashir-led government denies the accusations.

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