President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated Turkish Embassy Compound in Somalia, the last stop of his East Africa tour.
Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony, President Erdoğan said the Turkish Embassy Compound in Mogadishu, built on an 80-decare land, is the largest Turkish embassy in the world.
“TURKEY AIMS TO OPEN EMBASSIES IN ALL 54 AFRICAN COUNTRIES”
“13 years ago, Turkey had embassies in 12 countries in Africa. Today, we have 39 embassies,” President Erdoğan said, adding that Turkey aims to open embassies in all 54 African countries.
The President stated that one of the meeting halls in the embassy compound was named after Police Officer Sinan Yılmaz, who was martyred in an attack in Somalia in July 2013.
Noting that the Kızılay Medical Vocational High School project in Somalia is almost finished, President Erdoğan said 600 students will begin to study at the school in September.
“We are also building a military training center here on an 400-decare land and it is our biggest wish that we be here in Mogadishu during its opening ceremony,” President Erdoğan said.
Following the speeches, President Erdoğan and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia inaugurated the embassy compound. Also attending the opening ceremony were First Lady Emine Erdoğan, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak, Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi.
TETE-A-TETE MEETING WITH SOMALI PRESIDENT MOHAMUD
After the opening ceremony, President Erdoğan and President Mohamud had a tete-a-tete meeting.