Sudanese ambassador eyes improved ties with Turkey

Envoy reveals Sudanese hopes for close links in wake of easing of US sanctions after 20 years

Sudanese ambassador eyes improved ties with Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sudan hopes to benefit from Turkish investment and know-how in the wake of the U.S. easing sanctions against the east African state, the country’s ambassador to Ankara has said.

Osman Eldirdieri al-Mubarak Ali hailed Sudan’s ties with Turkey in an exclusive interview.

“Turkey-Sudanese relations are always excellent because we are tied to Turkey and the people of Turkey,” he said. “Relations between Sudan and Turkey have always been excellent. There are political consultations and cooperation, according to the legal framework between the two foreign ministers.”

In his final days in office, former President Barack Obama eased sanctions against Sudan due to what U.S. officials said was Khartoum’s efforts to improve humanitarian access, reduce internal violence and cooperate against terrorism.

The first sanctions were imposed in 1997 over Sudan’s support for terrorism and human rights abuses.

The removal of trade restrictions open the country to global trade for the first time in two decades.

“Politically, we have never had any difference or problem,” Ali said, referring to Turkish-Sudanese ties. “My main concern is to benefit from Turkish achievements.”

He added: “Turkey is an economic power. You have very reputable companies. I hope I will be successful in promoting economic relations and I hope to see many large Turkish companies investing in Sudan.

“Both countries want to promote bilateral trade because the current balance of trade is only $200 million.”

Following a 2014 cooperation agreement between Khartoum and Ankara, 780,000 hectares (more than 3,000 square miles) of Sudanese land had been earmarked for Turkish investment projects, Ali said.

A further legal framework has also been agreed to encourage Turkish investment.

“These are only recent agreements,” Ali said. “But when we look back, there have been many other agreements as well.”


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