High-Level Talks Between Somali and Turkish Presidents Focus on Strengthening Economic and Defense Ties

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday, where President Mohamud attended the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF).

President Mohamud and his counterpart discussed topics including economic and defense cooperation.

On Feb. 8, Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler and his Somali counterpart, Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur, signed a Defense and Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, which the two Presidents approved.

The Somali President stated that the 10-year agreement supports the development of the azure economy, piscine production, economic infrastructure construction, maritime resource protection, counterterrorism efforts, and prevention of all illicit activities along Somalia’s coastline.

Heads of state and government, dozens of foreign ministers, academics, and think tanks from across the world attended the annual diplomacy forum, which focused on the role of diplomacy in the era of conflicts.

Discussions ranged from traditional diplomacy to new forms of conflict resolution, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and cooperation in addressing global challenges.

President Mohamud highlighted the need for international support in Somalia’s efforts to combat terrorism and piracy, emphasizing the country’s strategic location in the Horn of Africa.

In addition to bilateral meetings, the forum provided an opportunity for networking and forging new partnerships among participating nations and organizations.

Overall, the event served as a platform for fostering understanding and collaboration in an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape

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