Erdogan to visit 4 African nations to step up relations

Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali from 26/2

19 February, 19:35

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 19 - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on February 26 begin a five-day diplomatic tour that will take him to Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali. According to sources at the Turkish presidency's office, the visits aim to strengthen diplomatic and trade relations, as well as reiterate the country's commitment against the African network of schools linked to Fethullah Gulen, allegedly behind the July 2016 coup attempt. Over the past two years, Erdogan has visited African several times, a continent in which over the part decade Turkey has significantly increased its trade and with which it has stepped up cooperation in the diplomatic and military fields. Erdogan had in recent weeks postponed a trip to Latin America, where he was to have gone immediately after his visit to Rome, in order to more closely follow the evolution of the Turkish military operation against the YPG in the Syrian Kurdish enclave Afrin. (ANSAmed).

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