Turkey opens military base in Somalia to build presence in Africa

ANKARA, Oct. 3 — Turkey opened its biggest overseas military
base on Saturday in Somalia’s capital to cement bilateral ties and build a
presence in East Africa, Turkey military source said.

More than 10,000 Somali soldiers will be trained by Turkish officers at the
base, a senior Turkish official said.The opening of the military base
signals ever-closer ties between Turkey and Somalia.Turkey’s relations with
the Horn of Africa date back to the Ottoman Empire, but President Tayyip
Erdogan’s government has become a close ally of the Somali government in
recent years.”It is a country where Turkey could make a difference without
necessarily having to compete with regional or global powers,” said Sinan
Ulgen, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. – XINHUA