MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has today travelled to Istanbul for Turkey-Africa Summit.
The plane carrying President Farmaajo and his delegation departs Adan Adde International Airport at 10am.
The President will be joining leaders and top ministers from 39 countries, including 12 presidents.
The Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit will be held in Dec 17-18 in Istanbul Congress Center under the auspices of Presidency of the Turkish Republic.
According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity” and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last summit in 2014.
It is expected that the summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.
Turkey has been providing training and military assistance to Somalia’s military to help build that nation’s military capacity.
Turkey is the first country to train Somali female police commandos after the first patch of officers arrived in Mogadishu in September. They joined a special forces unit, Harmacad (Cheetah), after they underwent special training in Turkey.
The Gorgor and Harmacad elite units are fighting al-Shabaab.
Last month, Somali National Army (SNA) received military vehicles, including trucks and ambulances, donated by Turkey as part of Ankara’s support for the nation’s military.