Turkey’s pact with Sudan over Suakin not cancelled - Foreign Ministry

Turkey denied on Friday reports that said an agreement with Sudan to rebuild the ruined Ottoman-era port and construct a naval dock on Suakin Island had been cancelled, pro-government Yeni Şafak daily reported

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is continuing to restore Ottoman-era artefacts left by on Suakin Island, on Sudan’s eastern coast, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy told reporters. 

In 2017, the leaders of the two countries signed 12 separate cooperation agreements in the fields of security, tourism and military cooperation, while Turkey was contracted to rebuild a dilapidated Ottoman-era seaport on Suakin Island and a dock for civilian and military use.

However some analysts suspected that Turkish intentions regarding Suakin were not innocent and aimed at increasing Turkey’s military presence in Sudan. 

Turkey lost a strategic ally this month when the Sudanese Army overthrew President Omar al-Bashir. Various media outlets this week reported that the agreement between Sudan and Turkey on the island might soon be terminated, Yeni Şafak said.