Somalia is dealing with extreme drought and requires Turkish help

Somalia’s president on Wednesday referred to as for assist from Turkey to fight the results of extreme drought threatening the Horn of Africa.

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

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

He mentioned: “I would like to take this opportunity to urge our Turkish brothers to support us and do what they can, as they did before. Your solidarity and support will save the lives of the Somali people and will never be forgotten.”

Some areas of the Horn of Africa could also be declared famine inside just a few weeks attributable to the driest drought within the area in a long time.

Russia’s battle in Ukraine has abruptly pulled thousands and thousands of {dollars} away from different crises, and Somalia, which is dealing with a meals scarcity pushed primarily by the battle, would be the most susceptible.

Erdogan visited Somalia in 2011, amid a extreme drought and devastating famine as Turkey sought to improve its affect within the Horn of Africa. The go to marked the beginning of Turkish humanitarian, improvement and infrastructure tasks in Somalia. Turkey additionally established a army 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 development and stability in our country and stand by us,” Mohamud mentioned in feedback translated into Turkish.

Erdogan mentioned Turkey’s humanitarian and improvement support to Somalia prior to now decade has exceeded $ 1 billion.

Turkey has skilled about 5,000 troopers and 1,000 particular forces police, he mentioned, including that Turkey will proceed to help Somalia’s “stability and security.”

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