Sudan recalls ambassador to Qatar for 'consultations'

Sudanese supporters of the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) chant slogans as they break their Ramadan fast together during a rally in the center of the capital Khartoum on Friday. — AFP

KHARTOUM — Sudan's ambassador to Qatar has returned to Khartoum for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, with the envoy set to fly back to Doha soon.

The diplomat was summoned "to Khartoum for consultations and...will leave to Doha in the coming hours" to resume his work, Sudan's ministry said.

Earlier in the day, a spokesperson for Qatar's foreign ministry denied claims on social media the ambassador had been recalled and said it received official notification only that he was on "short leave".

Sudan's decision to summon its ambassador came after the country shut down the office of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera on Thursday. — AFP