Turkish president wraps up Sudan visit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday wrapped up his historic three-day visit to Sudan, and is now set to make a trip to Chad and Tunisia.

During his stay in Khartoum, Erdogan and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir held official talks to deepen bilateral ties in various fields.

The Turkish leader also visited the historic city of Swakin in eastern Sudan which boasts Ottoman historical heritage.

A Sudanese – Turkish economic forum was convened during the visit, where the two countries wrapped up various deals to boost cooperation in the economic, commercial, military, political and cultural fields.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of Erdogan’s visit, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said “the visit is historic and likely to boost the two countries’ bilateral ties.”

Erdogan’s visit marked the first time that a Turkish president has ever visited Sudan since the independence of the North African nation in 1956.

During the visit, the Turkish president was accompanied by a large economic delegation of more than 200 Turkish businessmen.