World Bulletin / News Desk
Four Turkish warships on Monday arrived off the Sudanese coast as part of an ongoing Africa tour.
Sudanese naval officials and Turkish Ambassador in Khartoum Jamal-al-Eddin Aiden welcomed the crews of the Turkish Maritime Task Group Barbaros (TMTG) upon its arrival off the Sudanese coast.
Speaking to reporters, Aiden said that the tour aimed to establish a Turkish naval presence in international waters and bolster Ankara's relations with African nations.
The visit will feature joint military and medical training exercises, the diplomat said, noting that ship crews would also provide medical and educational equipment as a gift to the Sudanese people.
TMTG officials are due to hold a press conference at noon on Tuesday on board one of the four naval vessels.
The Turkish Task Group is comprised of two frigates, a corvette and a refueling tanker.
The Turkish warships are on a 102-day tour, scheduled to wrap up on June 27, which will cover 15,000 nautical miles and include 27 countries.
Earlier this month, Turkish warships rounded the Cape of Good Hope for the first time in nearly 150 years.
The Turkish Navy last rounded the cape 148 years ago with two Ottoman corvettes tasked with protecting Muslim pilgrims.
Since then, Egypt's Suez Canal has been the Turkish Navy's preferred route.Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2014, 16:58