KHARTOUM: Qatar granted the Sudanese government 135 million dollars to develop archaeological sites, The Sudan Tribune newspaper reported on Monday.
“Sudan received a huge funding from the oil-rich Qatar to protect and rehabilitate antiquities,” said Sudanese officials.
The funding will cover 29 projects including the rehabilitation of ancient relics, construction of museums and study of the Meroitic language, they added.
The money will be also allocated to archaeological works carried out by several Western nations over the past five years.
According to some Sudanese press reports, Qatar will be granted the right to run Sudanese antiquities in return for this generous funding, the biggest ever to be offered to Sudan in this domain.