Turkey will move its embassy from Khartoum to Port Sudan after the ambassador’s car was shot at, the foreign minister said.
Turkey will move its embassy in Khartoum to Port Sudan after the ambassador’s car was shot at, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
“On the advice of the transitional government and the Sudanese army, we have decided to temporarily move the embassy to Port Sudan for security reasons,” Cavusoglu told reporters in the southern city of Antalya on Saturday.
There were no reports of casualties and the source of the gunshots that hit Ismail Cobanoglu’s vehicle was unclear, Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish diplomatic sources as saying. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The warring sides blamed each other for the attack on the ambassador’s car.
Fighting broke out on 15 April between two rival generals – Army Chief of Staff Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and Rapid Support Force (RSF) Commander Mohammad Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo. Hundreds were killed and thousands injured in the clashes.
The two sides have been at odds in recent months over the integration of the Rapid Support Forces into the armed forces, a key condition for Sudan to reach a transition deal with political groups.
Sudan has been without a functioning government since late 2021 when the military dissolved Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency, a move condemned by political forces as a “coup”.
The transition period, which began in August 2019 following the ouster of long-serving President Omar al-Bashir, is scheduled to end with elections in early 2024.