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Turkish singer Ajda Pekkan (R) was among the delegation visited Somalia. Hürriyet photo

Turkish singer Ajda Pekkan (R) was among the delegation visited Somalia. Hürriyet photo

İpek Yezdani İpek Yezdani ipek.yezdani@hurriyet.com.tr

Turkey is investing in Africa by opening new embassies, developing bilateral political ties with African countries and investing in projects regarding humanitarian aid, public education, social welfare and infrastructure building, according to several African experts.

Over 20 political experts and diplomats from different African countries attended an annual conference on peace and security in the Horn of Africa organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation on Nov. 5 in Istanbul. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the only leader to visit Somalia during the 2010 crisis and stay a family to show solidarity with Somalians, presidential advisor and a prominent academic in Djibouti Dr. Ismail Wais said. “This really touched the hearts of the Somalian people,” he said. Turkey has several economic interests in the Horn of Africa region, Wais said. “We are expecting a Turkish delegation in two weeks time in Djibuti to sign a new memorandum between Turkey and Djibuti.”

“We are trying to bring cultural, political and economic relations to a new dimension.” The director of the Africa Political Institute and a governmental advisor in Kenya, Peter Kagwanja, also said Turkey is investing in the future with its policies, particularly in regards to Somalia.

Turkey is to increase the number of embassies in Africa to 34 by the end of 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. After new embassies in Niger, Namibia, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Chad and Gine in 2012, a new embassy will open in Djibouti.

November/07/2012

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MR Somalia

11/7/2012 11:47:48 AM

Turkey and Erdogan are two different things. While Somalis love and appreciate Erdogan, they are not sure about Turkey who is ashamed of being a majority Muslim nation. A country that does not believe in herself and always requires the assurance and approvals of declining and useless EU nations meshed together. Africa is going to shine with Asia and South America....it will get over the dark days and Turkey will still be looking at EU for membership and tap in the back "well done son".

mara mcglothin

11/7/2012 12:45:13 AM

People from many different nations have been trying to help these people for many years. And you know what they say about good deeds? They never go unpunished. Just wait until the drag some like Ajda dead through the streets with people cheering on all side, and then see how Turkey and Turkish people feel about the suffering Somalians. It is very sad, but you can't help those who don't want help. Many have tried. I hope Turkey can be suceessful, but I am not optimistic.
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