Atlanta-based SunTrust Bank has partnered with Western Union (WU) to launch Western Union global money transfer and bill payment services at over 1,500 bank agent locations in southeastern US.

Under the new services, SunTrust clients and the general public can pay bills or load prepaid cards through WU services or send money to over 495,000 Western Union agent locations in 200 countries.

Western Union US senior vice president and general manager, Carter Hunt, said WU is adding more choices and convenience for consumers around the world.

"These new launches with SunTrust are examples of how we’re accomplishing this with money transfer and bill payments in the U.S. and leveraging the strengths of our global brand and network," Hunt added.

SunTrust Bank consumer products and lending executive, Beverly Ladley, said WU was a natural choice for collaboration as it gives them more options to serve their communities.

"These additional offerings will allow us to fulfill on our purpose of lighting the way to financial well-being for more families. This is especially important in the New Year as we pay off our holiday expenses and look to find additional ways to successfully manage our finances," Ladley added.