Sudan announced, on Saturday, the arrival of the fifth shipment of US aid wheat to the country this year, with a tonnage of 50,000 tons, and it will be unloaded at the port of Port Sudan, in the east of the country.
The Director General of Internal Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Supply, Al-Fateh Abdullah Yousef, said in a statement that his country “has enough wheat and enough flour until the end of the year.”
Sudan’s consumption of wheat exceeds two million tons annually, while the country’s production ranges between 12-17 percent of its needs.
Earlier this year, the United States approved an agreement to grant wheat aid to Sudan (without announcing its quantity) to be supplied in installments within 5 years, at a time when the latter is facing fluctuations in the availability of this strategic material, due to the scarcity of the dollar needed for import.
The agreement is the first between Sudan and the United States of America in decades, and aims to support the democratic transition in Sudan in the areas of good governance, support for civil society, free elections and improving economic growth.
The United States has included Sudan since 1993 on the list of what it considers “state sponsors of terrorism”, for hosting it at the time, the late leader of the “Al-Qaeda” organization, Osama bin Laden.
On December 14, the US Embassy in Khartoum announced the entry into force of the decision to cancel the designation of Sudan as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
Since August 21, 2019, Sudan has been living a 53-month transitional period that ends with holding elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civilian forces and the armed movements that signed the peace agreement.