Ankara’s joint moves with Mogadishu have revitalized Somalia


Bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Somalia reached $363 million last year, up from just $2 million in 2013, Turkey’s President Erdogan said.

The largest Turkish embassy building in the world is located in the Somali capital Mogadishu. (AA)

Joint measures taken by Türkiye with the Mogadishu government over the past decade have helped Somalia revitalize itself as the country was on the brink of collapse, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

“In 2011, Somalia was on the brink of collapse as the international community said.”

“So, in 2011, we paid an official visit to Somalia with a large delegation to convey to the world the message that we stand with our Somali brothers and sisters,” Erdogan said during a press conference held with his Somali counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.

Noting that the joint steps taken with Somalia have helped the country revitalize and develop even further, Erdogan said the volume of bilateral trade between them reached $363 million last year, compared to just $2 million. dollars in 2003.

The largest Turkish embassy building in the world is located in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Erdogan said, adding that his country was proud of it.

Somalia’s isolation ended after Turkish Airlines launched direct charter flights, Erdogan also added.

$1 billion in humanitarian aid

Turkish Airlines was the first international carrier to begin operating in Somalia after a long civil war broke out in the Horn of Africa country in 1990.

Turkey has expanded its support to Somalia in all areas, from health services to education and infrastructure development, he noted.

Humanitarian aid to Somalia over the past 10 years exceeded $1 billion, Erdogan noted, saying Turkey will continue to develop relations with the African continent and strengthen cooperation.

“So far, we have completed the training of 1,000 special police officers in Somalia. As the Republic of Turkey, we are determined to provide support in its fight against terrorism,” Erdogan added.

For his part, Mohamud thanked the Turkish nation for its investments in Somalia, expressing his gratitude to Turkey and its people for the efforts and efforts regarding the humanitarian situation facing his country.

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Source: AA


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