ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
‘Turkey and Somalia should act together for the future of Somalia,’ says Somali PM. AA photo
Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said Turkey’s activities in Somalia
presented a concrete model.
“I hope other countries take Turkey as an example,” said Mohamed Ali in his speech at the opening of the second Istanbul Conference on Somalia
Noting that Turkish-Somali ties are rooted in the past, Mohamed Ali said Somalia
had been under the protection of the Ottoman Empire
in the 16th century. “Turkey has always supported Somalia; Turkey and Somalia
should act together for the future of Somalia,” Mohamed Ali said, adding that the international community would be successful only if it worked cooperatively for the future of Somalia. Somalia
wants to be included in a global economic zone in the East Africa region, Ali said, adding that they wanted to focus on exports more than imports.
“Somali is on the eve of being reborn. We have achieved very good results out of the developments in the last nine months and peace. I would like to thank Turkey and our friends.”
In an interview with the Anatolia news agency, Mohamed Ali said international interest in Somalia
had increased after Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the country. “God sent Erdoğan to Somalia,” he said. Mohamed Ali said Somalia
had geographical and strategic importance, adding that Somalia
had rich underground and ground resources, while Turkey had developed in technology.
Cooperation between the two Muslim countries in commercial and cultural areas would be beneficial, he said.