Erdogan sets out to conquer Africa
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Reuters

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Erdogan sets out to conquer Africa

Keen to reassert Turkey's international status, and also to help Turkish companies to break into the African market, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been spearheading a major diplomatic and business drive in Africa. To achieve its goals, the Turkish government is counting on the assistance of its religious networks.

Erdogan sets out to conquer Africa
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Reuters

Spotlight | Togo
Lomé turns to Turkish instructors and Paramount for military support

With security cooperation with the EU currently on hold, Togo is increasingly relying on Turkish military experts to help it safeguard its northern borders, as well as on the defence firm Paramount Group.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is welcomed by his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbé at the presidential palace in Lome on 19 October 2021.
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is welcomed by his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbé at the presidential palace in Lome on 19 October 2021.

Rwanda
Turkish defence flagships TAI and Aselsan eye Rwandan opportunities

They are following the example of Turkey’s armaments agency, Savunma Sanayii Baskanligi.

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Nigeria
Turkish defence groups go on offensive in Abuja

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is continuing to try to persuade the Nigerian high command to place an order for more attack helicopters, while, in its wake, electronics group Havelsan is hoping to win orders on its own account.

A T-129 ATAK developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, in Ankara, Turkey.
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A T-129 ATAK developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, in Ankara, Turkey.

Egypt
Gamal Metwally set to be appointed Ankara ambassador

After a decade of estrangement, Egypt and Turkey look set to reopen their diplomatic channels. Gamal Metwally, a former Egyptian ambassador to Malaysia, is expected to be posted to Ankara, a key position in the implementation of Sisi's foreign policy.

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Inner circles | Guinea
Albayrak leads Erdogan's economic and diplomatic drive in Conakry

All-powerful under Alpha Condé, the Turkish group Albayrak is continuing to hold its own under the junta despite some tensions. Several figures are keeping the dialogue going between Mamadi Doumbouya and the conglomerate, which has very close ties to the Turkish president.

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DRC
Turkey's cash-strapped Katmerciler struggles to deliver on armoured vehicle order

The Congolese government is still waiting on a delivery of armoured vehicles from Turkish group Katmerciler to ease pressure on the army, which is in need of equipment in its fight against the M23 rebels in the east of the country.

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DRC, Rwanda
Turkish group TAI touts its combat drones to both Kinshasa and Kigali

The flagship Turkish defence company Turkish Aerospace Industries is leading a spirited commercial offensive in Central Africa against the backdrop of high tension between DRC and Rwanda.

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West Africa
Border protection: Turkish military company Sadat's discreet charm offensive

CEO Melih Tanriverdi has sent his teams to court West Africa's armed forces in the hopes of selling them Sadat's integrated border surveillance system for use in the conflict-prone Sahel region.

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Tunisia
Turkish defence firms soar at Enfidha air show

Shunned by Western firms, the second International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (IADE), which took place at Enfidha airport, was mainly a showcase for Turkish defence companies.

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South Africa
AAD arms expo dominated by Turkish, Chinese and Russian suppliers

The 2022 Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) expo, slated for 21-25 September at Waterkloof airbase on the outskirts of Pretoria, will host a strong showing of Turkish firms.

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Libya
Erdogan caught in the crossfire of Tripoli clashes

The renewed fighting between Abdelhamid Dabaiba and Fathi Bachagha's respective camps on 27 and 28 August in Tripoli showed the limits of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's balancing act. The Turkish president has been trying to mediate between the sparring factions while looking after his own troops on the ground.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Spotlight | Libya
Erdogan pushing to regain upper hand on Libyan crisis

The Turkish president wants to host a meeting between the speaker of the Libyan House Of Representatives, Aguila Salah Issa, and the chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, along with representatives of the main countries involved in the crisis on 21 July.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

DRC
Turkish paramilitary firm Sadat goes on charm offensive in Kinshasa

The private company is taking an interest in the DR Congo's security market, lured by opportunities to train its armed forces and police and by the country's need for military equipment.

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East Africa, Turkey
Erdogan dispatches diplomats to Addis Ababa ahead of high-profile visit

Turkish diplomacy continues to send its officials to Ethiopia to intensify its involvement in a region where Western countries are failing to address the crises.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Kenya
Turkey's Atesci to build ammunition factory for Kenyan army

Turkish company Atesci has won a major contract in Nairobi to install ammunition production lines for the Kenya Army

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Africa, Guinea
Turkish billionaire Calik's company sets sights on African mines beyond Guinea and DRC

The holding company of Turkish businessman Ahmet Calik, who is said to be close to President Erdogan, is trying to obtain permits in other countries on the continent, having entered the mining sector in Africa via the exploration activities of his company Lidya Madencilik in Guinea and DRC.

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Inner circles | Africa, Turkey
Turkish foreign minister Cavusoglu builds his Africa dream team

To further extend Ankara's influence on the African continent, Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has made a number of important changes within the ministry in recent months.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu.
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Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu.

Nigeria
Nigeria to purchase ten armed mini-drones from Turkey's Asisguard

Still engaged in discussions with Turkish manufacturer Baykar Makina, producer of TB2 MALE (medium altitude long endurance) combat drones, the Nigerian government has just finalised the order for a batch consisting of ten small armed tactical Songar UAVs from Nigerian group Asisguard.

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Spotlight | Libya
Erdogan pushes for a negotiated solution between Bashagha and Dabaiba

Turkey, which last week played host to representatives of the Libyan prime minister-designate Fathi Bashagha, intends to wield its influence on the outgoing head of government Abdelhamid Dabaiba to pressure him to seek a negotiated solution.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Libyan PM-designate Fathi Bashagha.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Libyan PM-designate Fathi Bashagha.

Gambia, Senegal
Ankara trapped between its two West African allies over Casamance

Senegal's military operation against separatist bases in northern Casamance over the past two weeks relies heavily on Turkish expertise. But Ankara is also a close ally of Gambia, which has historic ties to the Casamance rebels and has been deeply affected by the crisis.

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