Turkey’s president urges peace, reconciliation in Sudan

Amid reports that Sudan’s longtime president been removed from power, Turkey's president on Thursday voiced hope that Sudan will handle its current process peacefully, in a spirit of "national reconciliation."

"I hope that Sudan gets through its current process in national reconciliation and peace," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint news conference with Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Burkina Faso’s president, in Turkey's capital Ankara.

Amid various accounts about Omar al-Bashir, the former president, there is no reliable information, Erdogan said.

He went on to say Turkey supports the continuation of “deep-rooted” relations with Sudan.

Earlier Thursday, the Sudanese army announced the “removal” of al-Bashir and the imposition of a two-year “transitional phase.”

In a televised statement, Defense Minister Awad ibn Auf also announced the imposition of a one-month curfew and a three-month state of emergency.