Sudan and Saudi Arabia will begin a joint air force drill this week, the first such manoeuvres since Khartoum allied with Riyadh after breaking ties with Tehran in 2015.

The exercises will be held from March 29 until April 12 in Meroe, north of Khartoum, and will involve hundreds of air force personnel from both countries, said Salaheddin Abdul Khalid, acting chief of staff of the Sudanese air force.

“The plan to hold these exercises was proposed by our brothers in Saudi Arabia,” Mr Abdul Khalid said. “We have been planning this exercise for nearly a year.” […]