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Erdogan in Khartoum on Sunday before Heading to Chad, Tunisia

Erdogan in Khartoum on Sunday before Heading to Chad, Tunisia

Saturday, 23 December, 2017 - 07:30
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will kick off a four-day African tour on Sunday that will take him to Sudan, Chad and Tunisia.

Erdogan will discuss bilateral relations and cooperation during his visit, the Turkish presidency’s media office said in a statement, adding that Turkey has long-standing cultural and historical ties with the three countries.

The Turkish president will also exchange views on regional and international developments, and various cooperation agreements will be signed in various fields, the statement noted.

He will be accompanied to Sudan by an economic delegation of some 200 Turkish businessmen.

The Sudanese foreign ministry distributed on Friday the program of the visit, which would include a summit meeting between the two presidents, after which a number of agreements would be signed.

Erdogan will also address the National Assembly (Sudanese Parliament) on Sunday evening and then he will head to Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast to visit the ancient city of Sawakin.

The Agricultural Committee between Sudan and Turkey will also convene on the sidelines of the visit.

The Turkish minister of agriculture is expected to arrive on Saturday in Khartoum, heading a delegation from his ministry to participate in these meetings.

The Sudanese foreign ministry announced on Thursday that the visit was aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, which are based on deep-rooted historical, cultural and social ties and promoting their economic and trade partnerships.

A statement issued by the official spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qaribullah al-Khadr, said that the joint talks between the two countries would include the signing of a number of agreements aimed at boosting economic partnerships in the fields of investment, agricultural production, higher education, environment, military and legal cooperation, roads, mining, energy, health and tourism. More than 150 Turkish companies and Sudanese businessmen will also attend the meetings.

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