Joint measures taken by Turkiye with the government in Mogadishu in 2011 helped revitalize Somalia, when the country was on the verge of collapse, Anadolu News Agency reports.
“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,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a a press conference held with his Somali counterpart. , Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the capital, Ankara.
Noting that joint measures taken in 2010-2017 with Somalia helped the country revitalize and develop even further, Erdogan said bilateral trade volume reached $363 million last year, up from just $2. million dollars in 2003.
Set in an area of 80,000 square meters (over 861,000 square feet), the largest Turkish embassy building in the world is located in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Erdogan said, adding that his country was proud of it. .
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Somalia’s isolation ended after Turkish Airlines launched direct charter flights, Erdogan also added.
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.
Turkiye has extended 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.
Noting that Turkish and Somali leaders have talked about the importance of cooperation in trade, defence, industry and education, Mohamud said his country sees Turkey ‘as an important partner’. and an “indispensable friend for the development” of Somalia.
Somalia and Turkey deepened their close friendship in 2011, after Turkey’s president visited the country as the first non-African leader to do so in more than 20 years.