Faced with extreme drought, Somalia requires assist from Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Somalia’s president on Wednesday known as for Turkey’s assist to fight the consequences of the extreme drought threatening the Horn of Africa.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the feedback throughout his first go to to Turkey since returning to energy after an election in May. The two international locations have solid shut ties over the previous decade.

“The humanitarian situation caused by the drought was one of the issues we discussed during our meeting with (Turkish) President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan,” Mohamud informed reporters after assembly with the Turkish chief.

He mentioned, “I would love to take this chance to name on our Turkish brothers to assist us and do what they’ll, as they’ve accomplished earlier than. Your solidarity and assist will save the lives of the Somali folks and won’t ever be forgotten.

Parts of the Horn of Africa could possibly be declared famine inside weeks as a consequence of the area’s driest drought in many years.

Russia’s conflict in Ukraine has abruptly diverted hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from different crises and Somalia, dealing with meals shortages largely as a consequence of the conflict, stands out as the most weak.

Erdogan visited Somalia in 2011 amid a extreme drought and devastating famine as Turkey sought to improve its affect within the Horn of Africa. This go to marked the beginning of Turkish humanitarian, improvement and infrastructure tasks in Somalia. Turkey has additionally established a navy base in Somalia to practice Somali troopers.

“The Somali state and its people see Turkey and the Turkish people as true friends who support our efforts for the development and stability of our country and support us,” Mohamud mentioned in feedback translated into Turkish.

Erdogan mentioned Turkey’s humanitarian and improvement assist to Somalia over the previous decade exceeded $1 billion.

Turkey has educated round 5,000 troopers and 1,000 particular forces police, he mentioned, including that Turkey would proceed to assist Somalia’s “stability and security”.

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