Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir held talks with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Wednesday, in his first trip abroad since nationwide protests broke out on December 19th calling for him to step down.
Triggered by the high cost of living, they have since mushroomed into the biggest threat to date to al-Bashir's three-decade rule.
On Thursday, protesters were preparing to march on the presidential palace to step up pressure on al-Bashir.
Yet despite this popular anger, regional powers like Qatar are not ready to ditch Bashir just yet, explains RFI's Christina Okello.
GCC reactions to Sudan's wave of protests: here.