Sudan, Turkey reiterate commitment to security of Red Sea area

A boy moves away as a United Nations helicopter lands in. Sudan. Siegfried Modola  Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed in Khartoum on Sunday and met his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir at the start of a three-country African tour.

Turkey and Sudan have signed 12 agreements in political, economic and social fields.

"The sanctions have stolen much from the future of this country", said Erdogan in a speech at a ceremony in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law by Sudan's University of Khartoum Monday.

"We need to raise our trade volume to $10 billion", Erdogan said. "It is also distinguished, given the great accompanying ministerial delegation", said Bashir at a joint press conference with Erdogan following the talks. One of these agreements stipulates setting up a "strategic cooperation council".

"Around a $500 million trade volume [in 2016] between the two countries is not enough".

"As we stood alongside the Sudanese people previously, we will continue supporting them in the future".


Sudanese president, for his part, said Erdogan's visit would boost relations between the two nations.

Erdogan called on those at the summit to condemn US President Donald Trump's recognition on 6 December of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The defense industry will be among the Turkish investments in the country, Erdogan added.

"We welcome the support given to the National Dialogue Process initiated under the leadership of Mr. President al Bashir and supported by your esteemed parliament members", he said.

He underlined that Sudan proved to be "a responsible member" of the worldwide community via its "constructive active foreign policy towards the security and stability of the region".

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