France pledges to help Sudan pay off IMF debt ahead of summit

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France has offered crisis-stricken Sudan a 1.5-billion-dollar bridging loan to help pay its arrears to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday. “This contribution demonstrates the strength of our partnership and and the trust we have in Sudan,” Le Maire said alongside Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The announcement will be formally made later in the day in Paris by French President Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting a summit of several African leaders to garner support for Sudan’s fledgling transitional government. Le Maire described t…

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