Türkiye trusts Sudan's ability to overcome political turmoil, says envoy

Türkiye trusts Sudan's ability to overcome political turmoil, says envoy

Ankara keen to enhance political, economic relations with Khartoum, Turkish ambassador tells top Sudanese diplomat

By Bahram Abdel Moneim

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) – Türkiye is confident that Sudan’s leadership will be able to overcome the current political crisis and reach a consensus that leads to the formation of a new government, the Turkish ambassador to Khartoum said on Thursday.

In a meeting, Irfan Neziroglu told Ali al-Sadiq, Sudan’s foreign minister-designate, that Ankara remains keen on enhancing political and economic relations with Khartoum, according to a statement by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry.

Al-Sadiq hailed the “depth of relations between the two countries” and emphasized the “need for concerted efforts to advance them in a manner that achieves common interests,” the statement added.

Sudan has been in turmoil since last October, when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency.

Prior to the military takeover, Sudan was governed by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials tasked with overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023.

Hamdok was reinstated a month later following an agreement, but protesters denounced the deal, insisting on the removal of any military influence over the transitional governing coalition.

He resigned this January, citing a political deadlock.

Bilateral relations between Türkiye and Sudan have grown since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the country in December 2017, a trip that saw the two sides ink multiple agreements in various fields.

*Ikram Imane Kouachi contributed to this report

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