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Tanzanian Minister of Defense Hussein Mwinyi has welcomed a visit by four Turkish warships as part of a tour of African countries on the Indian Ocean coastline.
"This is not a small thing. We thank Turkey the government and country," Mwinyi told a press conference Wednesday.
"We are delighted to further grow our relationships," said the minister.
The Turkish Maritime Task Group (TMTG), which comprises of two frigates, a corvette and a replenishment tanker, has docked in the port of Dar es Salaam.
"We will help combat piracy through training and military support," Turkish Ambassador to Tanzania Ali Davutoglu told the press conference.
He said that Turkey is keen on boosting its relation with Africa countries.
"We want to develop our relationship with Africa. It is time to boost our economic relation to Africa," added the envoy.
The Turkish warships are expected to have several activities during the visit including an exhibition of military equipment and military exercises with the Tanzania People's Defense Force (TPDF).
"Tanzanian citizens will have the opportunity of two days to watch our military hardware from Turkey," said the ambassador.
Turkish sailors have presented pages of different gifts to students in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest and former capital.
They offered toys, notebooks, books and other useful items to students of Hekima Primary School in Ilala, of three districts in Dar es Salaam.
The Turkish warships are one 102-day tour, which will cover 15,000 nautical miles and include 27 countries. It is scheduled to wrap up on June 27.
They passed by the Cape of Good Hope earlier in May for the first time in nearly 150 years.
The Turkish navy last crossed the Cape of Good Hope 148 years ago with two Ottoman corvettes, which were in charge of guarding Ottoman pilgrims.
Since then the Suez Canal has been the preferred route.Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2014, 09:28