Khartoum Yunus Emre Institute Opened


Establishment efforts were launched in 2015 for Khartoum Yunus Emre Institute that came into operation as of November 2016, and the official opening was honoured by Minister of Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr. Numan Kurtulmuş and Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş.

Numan Kurtulmuş who made the opening speech, emphasized Turkey's policy of opening to Africa. Marking that there is almost no country in Africa without a Turkish embassy, Kurtulmuş said that Sudan and Turkey are from the same cultural roots, and same belief, and continued as follows: "We know that the Sudanese people love us. And we love the Sudanese people. We will strengthen and bring this love to the future. I would also like to thank the Sudanese people, who showed us they were on our side once again on July 15th last year, and supported Turkey's perpetuity." Minister Kurtulmuş stated that there are three thousand students who are in line to learn Turkish in Khartoum Yunus Emre Institute and said, “I hope it will be possible to open a centre in a larger building, to bring new teachers and to train our Sudanese brothers and sisters as teachers here."

Sudanese State Minister Haseberrusul Bedr thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has always carried the flag of Islam by way of Minister of Culture and Tourism  Numan Kurtulmuş, wishing the friendship between Sudan and Turkey, two countries with indisputable historical ties, to last. He also announced that they will contribute to opening of a Sudanese Cultural Centre in Turkey as soon as possible.

Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş marked that Yunus Emre Institute centres in five continents are Turkey's cultural gates opening to the world. Ateş began  his speech reading the verses "Let's go somewhere, in fact to our Sudan/ Let's establish a new madrasah in Urban" written by Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the poet of Turkish National Anthem, and expressed that they were in Sudan to consolidate the bridges of fraternity.

The opening ceremony of the Institute centre that aims to introduce Turkish language and culture in Sudan, was attended by the Turkish Ambassador in Khartoum Assoc. Dr. İrfan Neziroğlu, TİKA Sudan Coordinator Celalettin Güngenci, Maarif Foundation Sudan Director Ömer Alçep, Sudan State Minister Haseberrusul Bedr, Sudanese Intellectual Dr. Fatih Ali Hasaneyn, Muhammad Sharif, Sultan Ali Dinar's grandchildren as well as representatives from some non-governmental organizations in Sudan and Turkish citizens residing in the country.