World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogluon Friday said Turkey and Sudan have agreed in principle to establish channels to among the two countries plus South Sudan to solve issues between the two African countries.
"We have decided in principle to work together to take confidence-building measures and improve ties between Sudan and South Sudan," Davutoglu told reporters in a joint press appearance with his Sudanese counterpart Ali Karti who pays a visit in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Davutoglu said relations between Sudan and South Sudan was of great importance for Turkey, adding that his South Sudanese counterpart paid a visit in Ankara last month.
"We attach great importance for the development of relations between Sudan and South Sudan on strong foundations. And Turkey will exert any effort to that end," Davutoglu said.
Karti, on his part, said that Turkey could play important roles in improving relations between Sudan and South Sudan, adding that the two countries could benefit from Turkey's contributions in economy.
Karti said that Turkey intervened to solve the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan and offered projects so as to solve the issues between Sudan and South Sudan.
"Turkey is playing an active role to solve our problems with South Sudan and is helping us. Turkey offered projects to solve the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan. Turkey could play a crucial role in this regard," Karti noted.
Touching on the Abyei region located right between Sudan and South Sudan and one with rich sources of oil, Karti indicated that they agreed to hold a referendum in Abyei to determine which country the residents of Abyei want to join.Last Mod: 29 Aralık 2012, 13:41