Mogadishu Welcomes Turkish Police Delegation, Strengthening Training for Haramad Police Unit

Gökhan, the Head of Foreign Relations for the Turkish Police Force, and his Deputy Turgay, arrived in Mogadishu on Tuesday to engage in crucial discussions with senior Somali police officials. Their visit, aimed at enhancing cooperation and support, was warmly received by the Deputy Commissioner of the Somali Police Force, General Zakia Hussein, and other dignitaries at the Aden Adde International Airport.

Reports from the Somali National News Agency (SONNA) indicated that Somali Police Chief Brigadier General Sulub Ahmed Firin had extended the invitation to the Turkish delegation, emphasizing the significance of their partnership. The Turkish Police delegation, while not specifying all details, expressed their commitment to expediting the resumption of training for the Haramad police unit and contributing to the reconstruction efforts of the Somali army forces.

Coinciding with the delegation’s arrival was President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s visit to various army training schools in Mogadishu, where he inspected troops bound for frontline duty and undergoing advanced training, including sessions in Turkey. President Mohamud reiterated the government’s dedication to combating terrorism effectively, underscoring the aspirations of those living in regions still under al-Shabab control, eagerly awaiting liberation.

The strategic collaboration between Turkey and Somalia gained momentum earlier in February with the signing of a defense and economic cooperation agreement, signaling a mutual commitment to bolster bilateral ties and regional stability. Subsequently, both nations inked an offshore energy cooperation accord, facilitating Turkey’s increased presence in the Horn of Africa.

President Mohamud, speaking to the media following the signing of the agreements, expressed gratitude for Turkey’s multifaceted support to Somalia, encompassing humanitarian aid, financial assistance, and the crucial training of security forces.

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