Turkish PM pledges more aid in Somalia

The Turkish premier was in Somalia's capital on Friday for a visit to draw international attention to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

Turkish PM pledges more aid in Somalia

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday vowed more aid and infrastructure support to the famine-stricken Somalia, saying his country would soon open an embassy in Mogadishu.

"We will rapidly open our embassy and coordinate our extended efforts from there," Erdogan told a joint press meeting with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in Mogadishu.

The Turkish premier was in Somalia's capital on Friday for a visit to draw international attention to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

Erdogan said in addition to its humanitarian aid and cash donations, Turkey would re-open a hospital compound in Mogadishu, while at the same time running several field hospitals.

He added that Turkey would open more water wells, and set up generators, and build a highway between the Mogadishu city-center and the Mogadishu Airport.

Erdogan said Turkey would also send to Somali garbage trucks in the shortest possible time, adding that Turkey's housing agency would start building schools and houses.

The Turkish premier also said Turkey was ready to extend help to Somalia settle its internal conflicts.

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