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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.

Spotlight SOMALIA 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. [...]

Spotlight AFRICA 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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