Erdogan meets Al-Burhan in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in the capital, Ankara, yesterday evening, Wednesday, with the Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said that the meeting discussed mechanisms for sending humanitarian support to Sudan and Turkey’s continuing efforts to find a solution to the crisis there.

Al-Burhan was accompanied on the visit by the Foreign Minister-designate, Ali Al-Sadiq, and the Director of General Intelligence, Ahmed Ibrahim Mufaddal.

The discussions between Erdogan and Al-Burhan covered bilateral relations and economic cooperation, according to Al-Sadiq, who also noted that the Turkish side confirmed its readiness to help with the reconstruction of what the war had destroyed.

Erdogan offered to host “comprehensive negotiations” to resolve the ongoing violence in Sudan in a phone chat with Al-Burhan last May, but neither side to the conflict made an official response to this proposal.

After Egypt, South Sudan, Qatar, and Eritrea, Al-Burhan’s trip to Turkey is regarded as the fifth of its sort since the start of brutal warfare between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces in mid-April, which is still going on today.

On August 27, Al-Burhan left Khartoum for the city of Port Sudan, which has a view of the Red Sea and is in the country’s east. Some observers have taken this as an effort to support a cease-fire, while others see it as an attempt to flee what they refer to as a “crisis reality.”

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