Turkey plans Somaliland flight to tighten ties

 

Officials say a new flight to Somaliland is planned

A Turkish delegation has visited Hargeisa, the self-declared republic of Somaliland in what it said was to strengthen existing relations by providing technical and social aid.

An international flight by national carrier Turkish Airlines, which started plying the Mogadishu route earlier this month, is also planned, the delegation said.

It is the second such visit to by Turkish officials in two weeks to Somaliland, which is not recognised internationally.

Turkish Ambassador to Somalia Hani Torun, the leader of the delegation, said that Turkey and Somaliland enjoyed strong relations.

“Our assistance will have impact on agriculture, health and education,” he said, adding that an assessment team from his country was due in Hargeisa soon to determine the sectors to be targeted.

“Upcoming investments will include international flight to Somaliland by Turkish Airlines,” he said without setting a date.

Turkey will assist Somaliland to repair the general hospital in Hargeisa and two schools teaching Turkish curriculum.

Archaeological and historical sites in Somaliland with links to the Ottoman Empire that ruled the northern regions of Somalia in the 18th century would also benefit.

The ambassador visited the port town of Berbera on the Gulf of Aden that hosts historical sites like mosques and other ancient buildings from the days of the empire.

The earlier visit was led by the Somali Programme Coordinator of Turkeys International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), Mr Abdulahad Kodkagi, and accompanied by representatives of the Turkish Prime Minister.

Turkey has noticably deepened its engagement with the horn of Africa region since intervening with aid following last year’s famine in Somalia.

 

Source: African Review

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