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Turkey won’t change Somalia policy after embassy attacks, FM says
Turkey won’t change Somalia policy after embassy attacks, FM says

Davutoglu said Turkey would not give up helping Somalia, adding it was not possible to dissuade it from fulfilling its goals towards its African policy.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday Turkey would not change its policy towards Somalia following attacks on a Turkish Embassy annex in the Somalian capital
of Mogadishu, which killed one Turkish security guard on Saturday while leaving several others injured.

Following his visit to the wounded police guards at an Ankara hospital, Davutoglu said Turkey had stood by Somalia in carrying out "great projects" to help the Somalian people in the past two years.

"Turkey has offered humanitarian help to Somalia worth more than $200 million to help it develop cooperating with many non-governmental organizations," said Davutoglu. " If life has got back to normal today in Somalia, political process has begun to serve its purpose and Turkey has played an important role in this process. Turkey has helped Somalia for humanitarian values. We have made great sacrifices to help them and to reinforce our friendship and these sacrifices were appreciated by the international community."

Davutoglu said Turkey would not give up helping Somalia, adding it was not possible to dissuade it from fulfilling its goals towards its African policy.

He extended his condolences to the family of the Turkish security guard and wished a quick recovery to all those injured.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek referred to Saturday's suicide bomb attack on a Turkish Embassy annex in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu and said, "We understand that we stepped on someone's foot. Because Turkey becomes more effective in that region every other day Turkey tries to show the increasing of life standards there by holding humanitarian projects via different ways and methods."

Following his visit to the wounded police guards at an Ankara hospital, Cicek spoke to reporters which he stated that a very disgustful terrorist attack took place in Turkey's Somalian Embassy, upsetting everybody in there.

"One of our security guards has become a martyr there. Four others have been brought to this hospital via our government for their further treatment. We came to say get well soon," Cicek added and informed that wounded were recovering.

Cicek stressed that Turkey was held humanitarian duty in Somalia and emphasized, "Turkey is doing the necessary for a friend country. We know that there are some powers that are uncomfortable with Turkey's facilities and efforts in that region. Unfortunately, they used terrorist organizations once again in order to block Turkey's Africa openings."

One Turkish security guard was killed and several others were injured on Saturday while two suicide bombers were killed as another suicide bomber blew himself up in front of staff building of Turkey's Embassy in Somalian capital Mogadishu.



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