December 24, 2017 / 5:17 PM / a year ago

Sudan, Turkey to set up 'strategic cooperation council', boost trade ties

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspect honor guard during arrival at Khartoum Airport, Sudan December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Turkey and Sudan have agreed to set up a “strategic cooperation council” to strengthen economic ties, their presidents said at a news conference in Khartoum on Sunday after the first visit by a Turkish leader to the African nation.

The countries hope gradually to increase bilateral trade ties to $10 billion a year from the current $500 million, and signed 12 agreements on military, economic and agricultural cooperation.

Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of the country’s oil output.

In recent years, Turkey has boosted investments in Sudan.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz and Omar Fahmy; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Dale Hudson

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