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Sudanese President: ‘There is strong political will to implement agreements with Turkey’

November 22, 2018 at 2:03 am

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Omar Al-Bashir, President of Sudan in Khartoum, Sudan on 25 December 2017 [Ahmet İzgi/Anadolu Agency]

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir stressed on Wednesday that “there is a strong political will” to ensure the implementation of all Sudanese-Turkish agreements.

This came during Al-Bashir’s meeting with Turkish Vice-President Fuad Oktay at the guest house, the official hospitality house, in Khartoum.

In a statement issued by the Sudanese presidency, which Anadolu Agency reported, Al-Bashir stressed the depth of the strategic Sudanese-Turkish relations which are reinforced by the bonds of religion and shared history.

The statement quoted State Minister of Finance Ministry Musallam Ahmed Al-Amir saying: “Oktay briefed al-Bashir on the results of the joint talks between both countries, and Turkey’s readiness to invest in agriculture and engage in partnerships in the mining sector, especially gold and oil.”

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Al-amir added that during the same meeting both sides agreed to overcome banking obstacles and open a branch of Ziraat Bank in Sudan.

On Tuesday, Sudan and Turkey agreed on details of expected cooperation in agriculture, livestock, oil and minerals, in addition to electricity, aviation, airports, health and education.

On Monday, Oktay arrived in Khartoum on a three-day official visit, accompanied by Trade Minister Rohasar Bakjan, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bakr Pakdemireli, along with some deputy ministers and senior officials from various Turkish institutions.

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During his visit to Khartoum in December, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed with his Sudanese counterpart to establish a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Diplomatic relations between Khartoum and Ankara have been revived since Erdogan’s visit to Sudan, accompanied by 200 businessmen, where he signed 22 different agreements with Sudan.