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Sudan: Qatar FM fails to hold talks on Turkish projects

Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani

Sudan authorities refused to receive Qatar delegation led by Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani.

The Sudanese officials refused to receive him after his arrival in Khartoum, Qatari delegation left Sudanese capital, returning to Doha.

Qatari delegation was informed that diplomatic norms required coordination & agreement before the visit, which was not the case.

According to leaks, the visit was about discussing Qatari desire to acquire Turkish projects in Sudan which has been on hold for awhile because of current events in Sudan.

Turkish projects & investments is estimated at $ 650 million and will be executed by 200 companies.

Sudan’s President Omer Al Bashir welcomes Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Khartoum Airport, Sudan December 24, 2017
Sudan’s President Omer Al Bashir welcomes Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Khartoum Airport, Sudan December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah – RC1EBBF69470

Under agreement signed in April 2014, Turkey is leasing agricultural land in Sudan for an area of 780,000 hectares for 99 years, in six different regions, & private Turkish companies were to invest in those territories.

Economic cooperation between Erdogan and Bashir has increased in recent years, especially after Erdogan’s visit to Khartoum in 2017, where they signed a number of agreements, the most important of which is to hand over management of the Red Sea island of Sukkn to Turkey to invest in it.

Turkish National Petroleum Company signed an agreement with Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum to develop one of the oil extraction areas, under which company obtained concession of exploration in two sites belonging to Abyei region, South Kordofan state.

The gold project, contracted for exploration by one of companies the General Directorate for Research & Mining in Turkey, in an area of ​​1325 km inside Sudan, has become a questionable continuation, where research was to continue for 3 years, and then start operation.

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