Turkiye warns citizens to avoid travel to Sudan

ANKARA, Dec 28: The Turkish Foreign Ministry urged the country’s citizens to avoid travelling to Sudan “except for urgent reasons” as the security situation in the country has deteriorated.

“We regret to note that the security situation in Sudan has deteriorated. In the current circumstances and given the opportunities that may arise, our citizens are advised to avoid travelling to Sudan unless for urgent reasons. Our citizens still in Sudan should continue to monitor additional warnings and announcements that may be issued by our ministry and our embassy in Khartoum, and take required measures to ensure their personal safety,” the ministry said in a statement.

In April, violent clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The parties to the conflict have since introduced a number of temporary nationwide ceasefires, but none has helped settle the conflict.

In late October, the parties resumed negotiations, mediated by Saudi Arabia, but hostilities continued. In early December, mediators reportedly indefinitely suspended talks between Sudan’s army and the RSF.