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

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.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Reuters
SpotlightLIBYA Diplomacy 31/03/2022
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Libyan PM-designate Fathi Bashagha.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Libyan PM-designate Fathi Bashagha. © Stéphanie Lecocq/EPA/Xinhua/Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP

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. [...]

SpotlightRWANDA Infrastructures Business 24/03/2022
The Kigali (Rwanda) airport project was initially awarded to Mota-Engil in 2016.
The Kigali (Rwanda) airport project was initially awarded to Mota-Engil in 2016. © Aéroport international de Kigali

Qatar Airways' $2bn for Kigali airport build lures Turkish and Qatari groups alike  Free

The airline's huge investment in the construction of the future Kigali airport, the largest ever made by Qatar in Africa, is turning heads in Istanbul. Qatar Airways has launched a call for tenders for which it should announce the winner within a few weeks. [...]

Presidents Faustin Archange Touadéra and Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed during a Turkey-Africa summit on 18 December.
Presidents Faustin Archange Touadéra and Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed during a Turkey-Africa summit on 18 December. © Twitter/@tcbestepe_fr

Bangui-Ankara rapprochement threatens Fethullah Gulen's school 

The Galaxy school in Bangui, one of the few in Fethullah Gülen's network not to have closed its doors in Africa, is under fresh pressure after Turkey promised to open an embassy in the Central African capital as part of its push to boost its influence there. [...]

WEST AFRICA Defence Diplomacy 15/10/2021
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Reuters

Erdogan tours Gulf of Guinea with his military procurement team  Free

During his official tour of Angola, Nigeria and Togo from 17 to 20 October, the Turkish president will be aiming to strengthen political and economic ties with the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. Central to this strategy will be promoting the interests of Turkey's defence industry ahead of the Turkey-Africa summit scheduled for December in Istanbul. [...]

SpotlightTURKEY GUINEA Business 09/09/2021
Turkish Ambassador to Guinea Volkan Türk Vural (left) during a meeting with Guinean Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana on 21 April 2021.
Turkish Ambassador to Guinea Volkan Türk Vural (left) during a meeting with Guinean Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana on 21 April 2021. © Office of the Republic of Guinea/Twitter

Coup stops Turkey's Africa push in its tracks 

Turkey's diplomats have been hard-wired to reject military rule ever since the failed 2016 coup attempt in Ankara, but they now find themselves having to make pragmatic choices with Guinea's new leaders to maintain an air of influence. [...]

LIBYA Diplomacy 25/08/2021
Former Libyan Defense Minister Salaheddine al-Nemroush.
Former Libyan Defense Minister Salaheddine al-Nemroush. © Hussein Eddeb/Alay Live News/Alamy

Turkey backs Nemroush as joint military commission wants it out 

Ankara continues to influence the west of the country, despite the Joint Military Committee's little-appreciated request that the country withdraw its troops from Libyan territory. Turkey recently appointed former Libyan defence minister Salaheddine al-Nemroush as commander of a military zone where the main Turkish base is located. [...]

GAMBIA Defence Business 24/08/2021
Gambia has ordered 20 Hizir armoured vehicles from Turkish company Katmerciler.
Gambia has ordered 20 Hizir armoured vehicles from Turkish company Katmerciler. © Katmerciler

Banjul orders Turkish Katmerciler APCs to bolster its peacekeeping contingents 

Gambia has signed an agreement with Turkish parastatal Katmerciler in order to respond to the country's intention to increase the number of its peacekeepers in Africa. The armoured vehicle manufacturer is a pillar of President Erdogan's military and diplomatic offensive in East, and now also, West Africa. [...]

SUDAN TURKEY Mining Diplomacy 23/08/2021
Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council Chairman General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (left) was received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on 12 August 2021.
Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council Chairman General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (left) was received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on 12 August 2021. © Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications/Twitter

Erdogan's golden hello to Khartoum's new masters 

An unfailing ally of Omar al-Bashir's regime, Turkey has taken two years to re-establish relations with Sudan's transitional government. Ankara only managed to regain a foothold in Khartoum by promising substantial investments. [...]

SpotlightLIBYA Business 05/03/2021
The Misrata port is largely autonomous of the Tripoli government thanks to its status as a free zone.
The Misrata port is largely autonomous of the Tripoli government thanks to its status as a free zone. © REUTERS/Hani Amara

With Bolloré out of the picture, Turkey's Albayrak eager for Misrata port concession 

The Turkish construction conglomerate Albayrak is in talks with the Misrata Free Zone authorities to obtain a port terminal concession held by Bolloré since 2010 in yet another example of how Turkey is tightening its grip on the west Libyan economy. [...]

SpotlightSOMALIA KENYA TURKEY Diplomacy 25/02/2021
Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed aka Farmajo (left) with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed aka Farmajo (left) with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

Erdogan wades into maritime border dispute between Kenyatta and Farmajo 

With the ICJ due to rule on the issue of their maritime borders in a few weeks' time, Nairobi and Mogadishu remain very much at daggers drawn. By dispatching its foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu to the region, Ankara is hoping to become the indispensable mediator between the two countries. [...]

SpotlightAFRICA TURKEY Diplomacy 04/02/2021
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (foreground) and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (background).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (foreground) and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (background). © Omer Messinger/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP

Turkey's diplomats pave the way for Erdogan's African Show 

In the run-up to the African Union summit on 6 and 7 February in Addis Ababa, Turkish diplomats are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the third Turkey-Africa summit, scheduled for September, features prominently on the agenda. [...]

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