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Significantly, at the end of 2017, Ankara and Khartoum announced cooperation to rehabilitate the Sudanese island of Suakin -- a former Ottoman era base on the Red Sea.
Dr Al-Jaz said in press statements that the Committee sought ways of development of Sawakin area and making it an international tourist destination , indicating that the meeting reviewed some visions on development of Suakin as archaeological and tourist site.
Earlier in January, Abdel-Mahmoud Abdel-Halim, Khartoum's ambassador to Cairo, was withdrawn for consultations, amid tensions following Sudan's decision to lease the Red Sea island Suakin to Turkey.
February 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu has reiterated denial that his country intends to establish a military naval base on Sudan's Red Sea coast island of Suakin.
8, 2018 - Press photo CAIRO - 8 February 2018: Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour denied Thursday any intention of the Sudanese leadership to establish a Turkish military base in Suakin Island, affirming that 'it is a pure Sudanese property for Sudanese people only.
Cairo was particularly incensed when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Sudan in December 2017 and won rights to Suakin Island, a port city on the Red Sea, raising concerns that Ankara could build a military base there.
He said Turkey will not establish a military base on Suakin island of Sudan, but it will make the island a hub for tourism and economy.
Hinting at a link between the Turkish presence in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on a visit to the African nation last month, the first by a Turkish head of state, that the ancient port of Suakin would boost tourism and serve as a transit point for pilgrims travelling to the kingdom's holy city of Mecca.
The lease of Suakin Island to Turkey poses no threat to the security of the Arab countries, the Sudanese Embassy in Saudi Arabia said in a message.
Turkey Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said that the restoration at Suakin was agreed during a visit to the ancient port by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
NNA - Sudan has agreed to hand over Suakin Island to Turkey for rebuilding, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Monday.
The issue focuses on the Horn of Africa (HoA), mainly Somalia and the small Red Sea isle of Suakin which, for the Ottoman Empire, both used to host military bases.
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