KHARTOUM, Sudan has welcomed the upcoming visit to the country by President Tayeb Reccep Erdogan of Turkey beginning on Sunday.

A media statement it issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here Thursday said the visit represented a new qualitative development in bilateral relations and was expected to witness the signing of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs).

It added that the Sudanese government would like to express its welcoming of the coming two-day visit by President Erdogan to the Sudan from Dec 24, at the invitation of President Omar al-Bashir.

The Ministry said the visits comes within the context of cementing the bilateral brotherly relations based on the historic, cultural and social roots, and which are further nurtured by economic and trade partnerships.

The visit, the first of its kind by a Turkish president since Sudan's independence in 1956, is expected to witness in addition to the joint talks, the signing of numerous economic agreements in investment, agriculture, education, and environment, military and legal co-operation, roads, energy, health, and tourism.

An economic forum in which more than 100 businessmen and economist and in which some fifty Turkish companies are participating, will take place during the visit.

President Erdogan is also expected to pay a visit to Port Sudan and to Suwakin in eastern Sudan. Agreement on sea ports and free zones are to be signed there.

The University of Khartoum, the most prestigious institution of higher learning in the Sudan, has also decided to bestow on President Erdogan an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to develop his country and to create partnership with the Sudan and with the Sudanese civil society, as well as his outstanding position with regards to issues of rights and justice in the world. �


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