Government Spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc expressed hope that the assistance, which were collected to help Somalia and other African countries, would reach 500 million Turkish lira (TL). (one USD equals 1.789 TL)
Speaking after the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday, Arinc said that the recent visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Somalia was short but successful, adding that it was also fruitful.
Noting that people donated 276 million TL for Somalia and African countries so far, Arinc expressed hope that it would reach 500 million TL after holy Kadir (Qadr) night and Ramadan Feast.
Arinc said that Turkey saw that there was especially a security problem in Somalia, adding that Turkey launched important initiatives in starting talks between the government and the opposition, and got promise.
He noted that Turkey also launched initiatives to open an embassy in Mogadishu, adding that when the embassy was opened, activities would speed up to deliver the assistances.
Somalia has been the African country worst hit by the drought. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing to the capital Mogadishu. The United Nations has declared several famine zones in Somalia where more than 3 million people are in need of urgent life-saving aid.
Turkey has recently initiated an assistance campaign with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visiting several refugee camps in the country and pledging more aid in cash and infrastructure, last week.
AALast Mod: 23 Ağustos 2011, 09:40