A Turkish embassy has just opened in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, just two days after al-Shabab terrorists attacked a hotel in the city and killing 15 people.
The embassy was opened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s third visit to the war-torn East African country.
“Somalia is an important ally for us,” said Erdogan. “I can see a remarkable change here since my first visit in 2011. I hope Somalia will hold a free and fair election,” he said of Somalia’s planned polls, scheduled for August.
Erdogan is the only non-African President to have visited Somalia in decades, and will do so again soon to open a school and a $400 million military training camp.
This is in addition to humanitarian aid he has pledged to Somalia and Ethiopia.