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Turkey had 12 embassies in 2004, now there are 39
Turkey had 12 embassies in 2004, now there are 39

Turkey's Deputy PM Mehmet Simsek says dialogue with African countries discussed in G20 meeting

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish deputy prime minister Mehmet Şimşek said Turkey has sent almost $1 billion worth of aid to Somalia since 2011 as part of the country's Africa strategy.

Speaking after the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in western German town of Baden-Baden, Mehmet Simsek said Turkey shared its existing strategies especially on Africa during the meeting.

Simsek said one of the agenda items of G20 was to strengthen dialogue with African countries, "because the next 100 years will be the [years] of Africa."

"So what is Asia today in terms of global economy; If Asia is the biggest engine of the global economy today, there is the possibility for Africa in the future.

"Turkey is already making an enormous effort towards Africa. We have a strategy. So we had 12 embassies in 2004 and now there are 39," he said.

Turkish minister also stated that the two-day meeting in Baden-Baden was a "fruitful" for Turkey to express itself to the investors.

"We tried to remove the question marks in the minds of those who have investments in Turkey and those who are considering to invest," he said.

The meetings provided a preliminary discussion platform ahead the G20 Summit of heads of state and government, which will be held in Hamburg on July 7-8, 2017.

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors will also gather at the International Monetary Fund's spring and annual meetings in April and October in Washington DC.

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