The Turkish and Somali governments yesterday reached an agreement on strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The deal signed in the Turkish city of Istanbul was an agreement between the two countries to exchange space and buildings for embassies the two countries will have in each other’s country.
The agreement was signed by Somalia’s foreign minister Ahmed Issa Awad and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu after a meeting which the two ministers described as a success.
The two embassies will be located in Mogadishu and Ankara further strengthening the diplomatic relationship between these historically close countries.
Somalia and turkey have business and cultural ties that date back to the early days of the ottoman empire and current Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan revived these ties when he opened the first foreign military base in Somalia since the start of the war in 2017 which was also billed as Turkey’s largest military base outside its borders.
The Turkish government has also stood beside the people and government of Somalia during difficult moments providing food and medical aid in addition to training then country’s security forces.
Turkey also provides sponsorship opportunities to Somali students to study in its universities.
The business ties between the two countries have also been booming with Turkish Albayrak Company running the country’s largest and most important sea port in Mogadishu. Many other Turkish companies have their operations and subsidies in different cities across Somalia.