Turkey's Erdogan inquires after Bashir's health
By Nabil Selim, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
KHARTOUM – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received a phone call Tuesday from Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan during which the latter inquired after al-Bashir's health.
Al-Bashir underwent a knee surgery on Monday, his third since 2012, fueling speculations about his health ahead of next year's election.
During the phone call, Erdogan thanked the Sudanese leader for his congratulatory cable over Erdogan's victory in Sunday's presidential election, according to the official Sudanese news agency.
Erdogan, Turkey's outgoing prime minister, was elected president on Sunday by an outright majority, securing 51.96 percent of the vote, according to unofficial tallies.
Elected to a five-year term, Erdogan will take over the post from outgoing president Abdullah Gul.
The Turkish and Sudanese leaders also discussed bilateral relations and regional and international developments, the Sudanese news agency reported.
In 2012, Bashir underwent two other surgeries, which his office described as minor.
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