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Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül meets with regional leaders on the sidelines of the Istanbul Conference on Somalia. The Turkish president discusses bilateral trade ties with Ugandan President Museveni and talks about the latest developments in Yemen with Prime Minister Basindawa. Turkey is eager to open an embassy in Djibouti, Gül says

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In this May 31 photo provided by Turkish Presidency Press Bureau, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül (R) and Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, (2nd L), are seen during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A number of African leaders also joined the meeting. AP photo

In this May 31 photo provided by Turkish Presidency Press Bureau, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül (R) and Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, (2nd L), are seen during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A number of African leaders also joined the meeting. AP photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül held talks with Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, and Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Basindawa in Istanbul, on the sidelines of the second edition of the International Istanbul Somalia Conference.

Officials told the Anatolian news agency that Gül and the presidents discussed bilateral relations, as well as the internal situation in Somalia.

In his meeting with Somalia’s President Ahmed, Gül said that transition process in Somalia would be completed on Aug. 20, and that he hoped the process would be finalized without any problems.

Gül said Turkey attached a great importance to Somalia and has extended assistance to the country.
Ahmed said they expected tangible outcomes from the conference regarding the structuring of the state.

During his meeting with the Ugandan president, Gül said there had been a boost in ties between the two countries after Musenevi’s visit to Turkey in May 2010. Turkish Airlines had also launched regular flights to Kampala, he noted.

In his meeting with Djibouti’s President Guelleh, Gül said Turkey was eager to open an embassy in the country, stating that the current trade volume of $45 million dollars should also be boosted.

Guelleh said there were perfect relations between Djibouti and Turkey, and suggested that the two countries could cooperate in the geothermal, solar and wind energy areas.

Turkey to keep supporting Yemen: Gül
Gül and Yemeni Prime Minister Basindawa discussed the situation in Yemen, as well as wider developments in the Middle East and North Africa. Basindawa said Yemen was eager to enhance relations with Turkey, while Gül said Turkey would continue to support Yemen.

June/02/2012

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Halil Ibrahim

12/24/2013 7:43:41 AM

@mara mcglothin Yes dear the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but then again what great world it would be if we all competed with each other to do good.

mara mcglothin

12/23/2013 3:55:47 PM

HALIL I have nothing against Turkey doing any kind of charitable work they want to do, BUT at least learn from the previous mistakes made by others. Good deeds rarely go unpunished.

Halil Ibrahim

12/22/2013 11:11:56 AM

Oh Mara that is such a lame comment, seriously make a point at least, why can't Turks do missionary work or help other nations?

sam afg alokozai

10/16/2013 4:10:59 PM

@mara mcglothin, why are you jealous of turkish progress ? turkey got alot of respect and influence across the globe because of its cooperation with east and africa, and its trade with africa will soon bypass the eu, so like other western lobbies why you are trying to keep turkey out of international game ... if in this speed turkey will go ahead with its objectives in africa and east, eu will be keen for turkish membership one day, that is the time to turkey to reject the EU.

mara mcglothin

10/4/2013 4:00:22 PM

ILKER I am all for World peace and international understanding, BUT why is it that Turks think they can recreate the wheel? Do you not think that many countries and organizations have been working for years to better the lot of Somalia to no avail? I would say Turkey should work for peace at home( like Ataturk suggested) before they start trying to meddle in a situation that is extremely complex at best.

ilker avni

10/3/2013 11:25:25 PM

Turkey is following the principals of the founder of the Turkish republic M.K.Ataturk whose objectives was to promote world peace,international understanding and respect for human rights."I look to the world with a open heart full of pure feelings and frendship."Ataturk worked all his life for the development of harmony and cooperation between peoples without distinction of color,religion and race.Ataturk who upheld the principals of humanism and the vision of a united humanity.
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