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Saudi Arabia announces $113.7m aid to Sahel nations

Saudi State minister for African Affairs Ahmed Qattan made the announcement at a donors meeting for the five-member Sahel group, held in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, it said.

FILE: A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on 13 December 2017 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Saudi Arabia pledged $113.7 million to support priority investment programs in Africa’s Sahel region, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday evening.

Saudi State minister for African Affairs Ahmed Qattan made the announcement at a donors meeting for the five-member Sahel group, held in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, it said.

The other countries making up the Sahel group are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger.

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