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Al-Burhan in Turkey: The success of Khartoum and Ankara Diplomacy

Al-Sammani Awadallah

Through smooth moves the Turkish Ambassador in Khartoum Irfan Nazir Oglo managed to arrange for the official visit of the First Vice President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo after strict diplomatic arrangements between the foreign ministries of the two countries.

The visit broke out the stalemate of the political relations between the two countries.

The visit paved the way to a kick-off that cooperation between Khartoum and Ankara through moving the pending dossiers in all aspects, a matter that encouraged the Turkish embassy in Khartoum to arrange for an official visit to Turkey by the President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fatah Al-Burhan considering that its timing will boost the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Erdogan on Top of the Turkish Officials to Receive Al-Burhan:

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan making sure of the officials who received Al-Burhan matter that confirms the desire of the Turkish government to boost the bilateral relations between the two countries in all aspects, especially in agricultural, industrial, and defense aspects, besides the fact that Turkey expressed a desire to start huge investments in Sudan especially in the agricultural field due to the rich soil of Sudan.

Al-Burhan, said after visiting the H.Q. of Defence Industries complex, that Turkey has become of the pioneering companies in this field, adding that Sudan is aspiring to benefit from the defense industries, pointing out to the considerable support which Turkey is providing Sudan, especially during the embargo era.

Al-Burhan was briefed on the nature of work in the institution, its goals, and the weapons produced. He expressed wishes to expand cooperation with the Sudanese military industries.

For his part, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay affirmed the readiness of Turkey to cooperate with Sudan as a sisterly country especially in terms of financing and removing all obstacles facing the aspired cooperation.

The Turkish Vice President announced that Sudan, among other agreements, has allocated 100 thousand hectares of its land to be operated by Turkey.

Sudan said that the visit of Al-Burhan to Turkey was part of efforts to expand the scope of cooperation between the two countries.

The visit confirmed the Turkish leadership’s interest in the relationship with Sudan and its respect for the choices of the Sudanese people ad its support for the transitional government.

The visit also underlined the firm desire between the two sides based on a strategic vision for a win-win equation.

Al-Burhan concluded a two-day official visit to Turkey, which came at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Several agreements and memorandum of understandings were signed during the visit mainly in the fields of energy, defense finance, and media.

The visit came within the framework of the strong historical relations that bind the two countries and the common desire to expand the horizons of cooperation between them.

Erdogan said that Turkey is committed to standing by the brotherly people of Sudan and their administration expressing hope that the visit would herald in a new chapter in the friendly ties between the two countries.

The Turkish president also expressed his satisfaction with the removal of Sudan’s overdue debts to the WB, IDB, and the IMF as well as with the inclusion of Sudanese banks in the international banking system.

Turkey and Sudan aim at reaching a trading volume of US$2 billion in the next five years.

The Turkey-Sudan businesspeople narrow-scoped consultation meeting in Ankara revealed that the bilateral trade volume reached US$480 million in 2020.

Sudan with a young and dynamic population of 44 million and rich natural resources is on its way to becoming a focal point in the region.

Inking Multiple Memorandums of Understanding in Ankara:

Al-Burhan stressed while addressing the Turkish businessmen and investors, Sudan’s keenness to remove all obstacles facing them to raise the trade exchange volume between the two countries to US$2 billion, affirming Sudan’s full support to Turkey and its people in confronting the natural disasters the country is facing.

He said that the radical change in Sudan made it easy to rejoin the international community, affirming that they will work hard to achieve the goals of the December Revolution.

Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi who was among the Sudanese delegation, said that the visit comes within the framework of the historical relations between the two countries and the joint desire to expand the horizons of cooperation.

It is to be noted that the Sudanese delegation led by the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fatah Al-Burhan, Ministers of Defence, Lt. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, Foreign Affairs, Dr.Mariam Al-sadiq Al-Mahdi, Finance, Dr. Jibril Ibrahim, Agriculture, Dr. Al-tahir Ismail Harbi, Director of General Intelligence Service, Lt. Gen. Gamal Addeen Abdulmagid and several high-rank officials.

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