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Alaturka

Turkey denies Suakin pact ends with Sudan

By Zuhal Demirci

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey denied reports on Friday claiming an agreement had been cancelled with Sudan on restoring Ottoman era artifacts on a Red Sea Island.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is continuing to restore Ottoman-era artifacts left by on Suakin Island, on Sudan’s eastern coast, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy confirmed to reporters.

He added that news to the contrary did not reflect the truth.

On Thursday, various media outlets claimed the agreement between Sudan and Turkey on the island may soon be terminated.

In 2017, the leaders of the two countries signed 12 separate cooperation agreements in the fields of security, tourism and military cooperation, while Turkey was contracted to rebuild a dilapidated Ottoman-era seaport on Suakin Island and a dock for civilian and military use.

Following a visit to Sudan in 2017 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two countries have striven to increase their overall trade volume from $500 million to $10 billion.

*Writing by Beyza Binnur Donmez

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Alaturka

Turkish vice president Oktay to visit Sudan

By Enes Kaplan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay will pay a three-day official visit to Sudan on Monday at the invitation of his counterpart, Oktay's office said on Sunday.

Oktay will meet Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih during his stay in the Horn of African country, which begins on Monday.

During his visit, Oktay will discuss with his counterpart and other officials regional and international developments, as well as bilateral relations and cooperation.

Deals and agreements made between the two countries during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Sudan visit last December will also be discussed.

Oktay also will attend 15th Turkey-Sudan Joint Economic Commission meeting in the capital Khartoum.

Following last year’s historic visit by Erdogan, the two countries have worked to increase their overall trade volume from $500 million to $10 billion.

They have also signed 12 separate cooperation agreements in the fields of security, tourism and military cooperation, while Turkey was contracted to rebuild a dilapidated Ottoman-era seaport on Sudan’s Suakin Island and a dock for civilian and military use.

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Politika

'Sudan in solidarity with Turkey at all occasions'

By Meryem Goktas and Sena Guler

ANKARA (AA) – The Turkish foreign minister on Wednesday said Sudan stood in solidarity with Turkey “at every occasion “.

“Sudan demonstrated its solidarity at every occasion, in particular in our fight against FETO [Fetullah Terrorist Organization], ” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during his address at the 10th Ambassadors Conference in capital Ankara.

Speaking about Turkey’s Africa outreach policy, Cavusoglu said: “Sudan is a very important partner for Turkey “.

Cavusoglu also recalled that Turkey was a strategic partner of the African Union.

Praising the bilateral relations between the two countries, Cavusoglu said the national flag carrier Turkish Airlines would launch flights to Port Sudan.

The Turkish foreign minister said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Sudan was very successful especially on the issue of the Suakin island.

The Turkish president had visited the Suakin island on the west coast of the Red Sea on Dec. 25, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit in the northern African nation.

The city was under Ottoman rule between 1555 and 1865.

During Erdogan’s visit to the country, Sudan agreed to hand over the northeastern Suakin island temporarily to Turkey for rebuilding.

Turkey’s goal is to turn Suakin island into a center of attraction as the island is being restored by a Turkish-state-run agency.

“The renovation of the Suakin island has been going smoothly, ” he said.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed also praised the relations between the two countries.

“Sudan and Turkey are witnessing a time of very special relations, ” he said.

Speaking about investing into African countries, the Sudanese foreign minister said countries that wanted to invest and trade with African countries “need to be adventurous and conventional “.

“If Turkey wants inroads to Africa, Turkey needs to build on that legacy, ” he said recalling the Ottoman influence in the African country.

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Alaturka Gazetesi

Turkish deputy PM receives Sudan's economy minister

By Sefa Sahin

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey will do “whatever is necessary ” to increase its trade volume with Sudan, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu said on Monday.

Cavusoglu received Sudanese Economy and Finance Minister Mohamed Osman al-Rikabi and his delegation at Cankaya Palace in Ankara.

Cavusoglu said Sudan is one of Turkey’s key partners in Africa.

“The current trade volume — $400 million — between the two countries does not reflect the real potential. As both our presidents targeted, we will do whatever is necessary to reach a trade volume of a billion dollars between Turkey and Sudan,” Cavusoglu said.

He said the agreements between the two countries on transportation, agriculture, energy and social projects will strengthen the two countries' business partnership.

“On July 15, 2016 after the coup attempt by [Fetullah Terror Organization] FETO members, Sudan immediately handed over two schools that belonged to the FETO group to our Maarif Foundation. I would like to thank you and Sudanese people for that,” he said.

In regards to Suakin island, Cavusoglu said that Turkey’s goal was to turn the island into a “center of attraction “.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) started restoration works on Sudan's Suakin Island after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the country in December.

The island’s Ottoman-era Al-Hanafi and Al-Shafei mosques, and an old customs building will be restored by the agency.

In the past, Suakin, one of the oldest seaports in Africa, was used by African Muslims on pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia.

Ottomans used the port city to secure the Hejaz province — present-day western Saudi Arabia — from attackers using the Red Sea front.

“We wish that the Suakin island will be opened for tourism and become a trade center. This is also the goal of our two presidents,” said Sudan's al-Rikabi.

The Turkish deputy prime minister also thanked Sudanese people for their support for the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin.

Al-Rikabi said he wished that projects between Turkey and Sudan would increase rapidly.

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Alaturka Gazetesi

Turkish deputy premier, Sudanese PM meet in Khartoum

KHARTOUM (AA) – A Turkish deputy prime minister, who is on a two-day official visit to Khartoum, met Sudanese Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh on Tuesday.

Hakan Cavusoglu described the meeting with Sudanese premier “very positive” and said the ties have gained momentum following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the country last December.

“We will continue work to enhance bilateral relations,” Cavusoglu told reporters following the meeting. “This visit aims to realize the decisions taken [during Erdogan’s visit].”

In regards to Suakin island, which is being restored by a Turkish-state-run agency, he said that Turkey’s goal was to turn the island into a “center of attraction.”

During Erdogan’s visit to the country, Sudan agreed to hand over the northeastern Suakin island temporarily to Turkey for rebuilding.

“A 20-people-TIKA team [Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency] recently went to the island and determined what kind of way should be followed. Suakin island cannot be used for military purposes due to its position.”

“Our aim is only to make it [the island] a center of attraction,” he added.

Last month, Turkey’s state-run aid agency TIKA has started to renovate the island, according to the agency.

With their joint project, Sudan and Turkey aim to turn the island into a culture and tourism center.

The island’s Ottoman-era Hanafi and Shafi’i mosques, and an old customs building will be restored by the agency, said the statement.

In the past, Suakin, one of the oldest seaports in Africa, was used by African Muslims on pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia.

Ottomans used the port city to secure the Hejaz province — present-day western Saudi Arabia — from attackers using the Red Sea front.

The deputy PM also thanked Sudanese people, who have given moral support to the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

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Ekonomi

Sudanese FM invites investment, hails ties with Turkey

By Zuhal Demirci

ANKARA (AA) – Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour on Wednesday urged members of Turkey’s business community to visit Sudan, which, he said, hoped to attract more Turkish investment.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ghandour — now in Turkey for the 2nd Turkey-Africa Ministerial Review Conference — spoke about Turkey-Sudan relations, social and economic cooperation, and his recent meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Describing Erdogan's visit to Sudan last December as “historical “, Ghandour said: “His Excellency’s visit to Sudan is a message about strengthening the relations between Sudan and Turkey. ”

He went on to cite 13 agreements in various fields that were recently signed between the two countries.

“My message to investors in Turkey is to enhance the economic collaboration between the countries by investing in Sudan, especially in the fields of agriculture and mining, ” Ghandour said.

He pointed out that he had met Serdar Cam, the head of Turkey’s Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), with whom he had discussed numerous topics, not least of which was Sudan’s Suakin Island.

Stressing that both the Turkish and Sudanese governments had resolved the Suakin Island issue, Ghandour noted that he had been asked about Turkish projects on the Island during Erdogan’s recent visit.

Praising TIKA's efforts — both on Suakin Island and in Sudan in general — the Sudanese FM described the island as a symbol of the two counties’ shared history.

According to Ghandour, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu, along with TIKA’s Cam, are set to visit Port Sudan, Nyala and Khartoum on Feb. 20 to discuss TIKA initiatives.

Sudan-Egypt tension

Asked about the current state of Egypt-Sudan relations, Ghandour said he had been in Egypt earlier this month, where he had met Sameh Shukry, his Egyptian counterpart.

“As you know, various problems have been arising between both countries,” Ghandour told Anadolu Agency.

“We had an important and fruitful discussion in Cairo and agreed upon a period of brotherhood and transparency, ” he said, going on to describe Sudan's relationship with Egypt as both “historical” and “strategic”.