World Bulletin/News Desk
Recent attacks against Turkish buildings and citizens in Somalia have pushed the two countries to cooperate in counter-terrorism in the African country.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey and Somalia will put forward a serious cooperation to prevent terrorist groups from attacking workers at the Turkish Embassy and Turkish NGOs after holding a meeting with Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon on Thursday in Ankara.
Noting that he values this visit as a step to increase ties between the countries, Bozdag said they discussed how to deepen this relationship. He stated that Turkey will open a university there and the Somali PM had given the orders necessary.
Somali PM Shirdon voiced his pleasure at being in Ankara and praised Turkey’s help to Somalia in this difficult time.
He also conveyed his condolences for the July 27 terrorist attack on the Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu where one police guard was killed. He urged the increase in ties in economy, health, education, and security, and other areas.
“The only country that helps us, stands with us and meets our needs is Turkey. We are happy to be here,” said Shirdon.
Shirdon will also hold talks with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Last Mod: 26 Eylül 2013, 16:40