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International interest in Somalia up after Erdogan’s visit

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Turkey’s activities in Somalia present a model

Somali PM Mohamed Ali said that international interest in Somalia increased after Turkish PM Erdogan visited Somalia.


ISTANBUL

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said that international interest in Somalia increased after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the country.

God sent Erdogan to Somalia, added Ali who spoke to AA in Istanbul where he arrived in to attend the 2nd Somalia Conference.

Turkey contributed in the change and development in Somalia, said Ali, adding that Turkey provided scholarship for 2,000 Somali students which would contribute in educated human resources of Somalia.

Stressing the geographical and strategic importance of Somalia, Ali said that Somalia had rich underground and ground resources, while Turkey developed in technology.

The cooperation between these two Muslim countries in commercial and cultural areas would be beneficial, said Ali.

Noting that Somalia moved on to peace and stability from chaos and instability, Ali said that the country would gain a new political structure with a new government, Constitution and a small but effective parliament as of August.

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Turkey’s activities in Somalia present a model

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Mohamed Ali said that Turkey’s activities in Somalia presented a concrete model.

I hope other countries would take Turkey as an example, added Ali who spoke at the opening of the 2nd Somalia Conference in Istanbul on Thursday.

Noting that Turkish-Somali ties were rooted in the past, Ali said that Somalia had been under the protection of Ottoman Empire in the 16th century.

Turkey had always supported Somalia, Turkey and Somalia should act together for the future of Somalia, Ali said, adding that international community would be successful only if it acted together for the future of Somalia.

Noting that Somalia wanted to be included in global economic zone in the East Africa region, Ali said that they wanted to focus on export more than import.

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(Reporting by Emrah Kekilli).

31 May 2012

 

Anatolia News Agency