Somalia’s Leader Commends Turkey’s Aid, Appreciates its Support

Somalia's Leader Commends Turkey's Aid, Appreciates Its Support
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Mohammed Dhaysane
Tuesday September 26, 2023

The President of Somalia expressed his sincere gratitude to Turkey on Monday for their ongoing support in the areas of development, security, and humanitarian aid.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conveyed his appreciation during a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Somalia, Ibrahim Mete Yagli, in the town of Dhusamareb. The discussions focused on the bilateral relations between their nations, recent security developments, and other matters of common interest, as reported by Somalia’s Presidency.

Yagli was accompanied by Brig. Gen. Sebahattin Kalkan, the Chief Commander of TurkSom.

TurkSom is Turkey’s largest overseas military base and training facility, situated in the capital city of Mogadishu. The camp has the capacity to accommodate up to 1,500 trainees at a time and has already trained over 5,000 Somali security forces.

“During the meeting, the President commended the strong and close ties between our two brotherly nations,” stated Somalia’s Presidency in an X publication.

This meeting takes place amidst Mogadishu’s efforts to have the arms embargo on Somalia lifted.

The United Nations Security Council imposed this embargo in early 1992 after the downfall of Somalia’s military regime.

Somalia and Turkey have cultivated a closely-knit economic, diplomatic, and military friendship, which has been steadily progressing since the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Somalia in 2011.

Since then, Turkey has erected its largest embassy in Africa, spanning an impressive 80,000 square meters (861,112 square feet), right in Mogadishu.

In addition to this, Turkish humanitarian organizations have been actively operating in Somalia, playing a crucial role in averting a devastating famine in 2022. Over the past two years, Somalia has faced one of the most severe droughts in the last four decades.

Just last month, the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu hosted a signing ceremony for a joint venture agreement between a Turkish and Somali company. This collaboration aims to construct a biogas power plant in Mogadishu, with a projected energy production capacity of 5.6 MW/hour by the end of 2024, which will effectively provide power to approximately 40,000 households, according to the embassy.

Somalia is also looking forward to the opening of a Ziraat Bank branch in Mogadishu, which will mark the debut of a Turkish bank in Somalia.