KHARTOU,, Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir and visiting President Recep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey have signed at the Republican Palace here an agreement for a programme of strategic co-operation between the two countries and an agreement for the establishment of a bilateral high-level strategic co-operation council.

The two sides also signed agreements on their trade and economic partnership and a protocol on co-operation in science, technology and industry, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the field of mining, and agreements for co-operation in agriculture, forestry, education, tourism and the environment on Sunday.

The Sudanese and Turkish sides also signed a protocol for co-operation between the Sudanese and Turkish broadcasting and television corporations, in addition to an MoU in the field of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), an MoU in the field of policies for immigration and expatriates, and an agreement in the field of military training.

President al-Bashir commended the positions taken by Turkey in support of various Sudanese questions, and in particular Turkey's stands and huge efforts in Sudan's western region of Darfur and efforts for achieving peace and stability in that vast semi-desert region.

He noted that the assistance provided by Turkey in the construction of model villages in Darfur and pre-positioning of humanitarian assistance, establishing hospitals and securing development assistance had all played a clear role in pushing forwards the peace process and in achieving stability in the region.

President Bashir pointed out during the talks held at the Sudanese Republican Palace with his Turkish counterpart that Sudan was moving forward in sure steps to achieve development projects in the area in light of the outcome of the National Dialogue which formed the overall context of the political process and for aching sustainable peace and stability in Dafur.

The president stressed that Sudan was continuing to play a positive role in conflict resolution in the region to achieve a lasting peace and stability in the region, among and between the various parties, as well as the country's efforts for combating terrorism and illegal trafficking.

He also noted the strategy adopted by Turkey in Africa which enjoys huge natural and human resources and said that Sudan, given its geopolitical position in Africa, would be a continuum for genuine partnership with the continent. The partnership between Sudan and Turkey would be boosted by their joint objectives towards development, peace and stability in Africa.

He said Sudan considered Turkey as the last khalifadom of the Islamic khilafa and its symbolism of uniting the Muslim world, but at the same time it stands out as a modern and advanced State which is a model to be followed in development and economic progress under the wise leadership of President Erdogan.

He pointed out to the common bonds linking the Sudan and Turkey as both belong to the great Islamic Nation, commending the role and efforts exerted by Turkey in support of Islam and Islamic questions, re-affirming the inalienable stands of Sudan towards the overall causes of the nation until it achieves its aspiration of glory and dignity.

President Erdogan meanwhile pointed out that Khartoum and Ankara had drawn up a road-map for their future relations and could begin to look forward to more efforts to strengthen bilateral co-operation in all fields.

Addressing Sudan's National Legislature on Sunday evening, President Erdogan said the two countries had signed a number of agreements during his current visit to Khartoum, and decided to establish a Joint Strategic Co-operation Council and a Joint Strategic Group to discuss international issues as well as agreed to sign an additional agreement on co-operation between their armed forces.

Lauding the state of Sudanese-Turkish relations, he told a joint media conference with president al-Bashir later that the signing of the Strategic Co-operation Program and the establishment of the Strategic Co-operation Council would strengthen bilateral relations

Source: NAM News Network

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