Sudan Denies Establishment of Turkish Military Base

Sudan Denies Establishment of Turkish Military Base

Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 09:15
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour (R) speaks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry following a news conference in Khartoum, last April. (AFP)
Cairo - Sawsan Abu Husain
A meeting between the foreign ministers and intelligence chiefs of Egypt and Sudan in Cairo on Thursday led to a series of agreements to end Egyptian-Sudanese tension.
 
In this context, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour denied talks about the establishment of a Turkish military base in the port city of Suakin and underlined the imminent return of the Sudanese ambassador to Cairo.
 
During a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, Ghandour rebuffed claims of military cooperation with Turkey in Suakin, noting that the area “has a total of 400 houses and is a pure Sudanese property for Sudanese people only.”
 
“There weren’t any talks on the establishment of a Turkish base in Suakin, or any other place in Sudan,” he said, adding that during his visit to Khartoum on Dec. 24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had proposed to his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir to restore the island’s old houses, to transform it into a tourist destination.
 
Thursday’s meeting was held under the directives of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and al-Bashir after their last talks on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
 
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement earlier this week that the two leaders agreed “to establish a quadripartite consultation mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the intelligence services of both states in order to promote solidarity and cooperation between the two brotherly countries.”
 
Addressing reporters at the news conference, Shoukry said that the quadripartite meeting resulted in agreements that contributed to the elimination of misunderstandings and the establishment of a roadmap to restore the momentum of relations.
 
He added that talks have also touched on the role of the media and the need for media outlets to refrain from insulting any of the two peoples, stressing that a recommendation would be made to the leaders of the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation.
 
The two sides agreed to activate joint committees and mechanisms, including the Consular Committee, the Higher Joint Technical Commission for the Nile Waters, the Nile Valley Authority for River Navigation, the Border Crossings Committee and the political consultation mechanism at the level of foreign ministers.

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