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Sudan, Turkey to set up ‘strategic cooperation council’, boost trade ties

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of Sudan Omar Al-Bashir (R) hold a joint press conference following their inter-delegation meeting in Khartoum, Sudan on 24 December, 2017 [Binnur Ege Gürün/Anadolu Agency]
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of Sudan Omar Al-Bashir (R) hold a joint press conference following their inter-delegation meeting in Khartoum, Sudan on 24 December, 2017 [Binnur Ege Gürün/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey and Sudan have agreed to set up a “strategic cooperation council” to strengthen economic ties, their presidents said at a news conference in Khartoum on Sunday after the first visit by a Turkish leader to the African nation.

The countries hope gradually to increase bilateral trade ties to $10 billion a year from the current $500 million, and signed 12 agreements on military, economic and agricultural cooperation.

Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of the country’s oil output.

In recent years, Turkey has boosted investments in Sudan.

Read: Erdogan arrives in Khartoum to boost bilateral ties

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