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|November 6, 2009|
Turkey has been trying to secure its entry to the European Union, but more recent economic interests appear to have eclipsed that wish-bringing Turkey closer to the Arab world than toward Europe. Since 2006, trade between Turkey and the African continent has tripled from $6 billion to $18 billion.
One Turkish factory in Khartoum employs 1,100 workers that make the uniforms for the Sudanese army. Another Turkish company is constructing a 29 story skyscraper, the tallest building in Sudan
"Turkey has an active Africa policy, and Sudan is an important African country," says Soli Özel, a Turkish foreign-policy analyst. "I think [the government] believes it can get away with what is essentially an immoral approach towards Khartoum."
Only a few African countries, including Uganda, South Africa and Botswana, have indicated that they would honor the ICC warrant.