World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Wednesday that Turkey extended a great support to reconstruction of Somalia with its public institutions and people, a great example to the international community.
Gul and his Somali counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud held a joint press conference after holding a tete-a-tete meeting and chairing meetings between delegations in Ankara.
A new era has begun in Somalia, Gul said.
There were deep-rooted relations between Turkey and Somalia, he said.
Turkey launched aid campaigns for Somalia which suffered from famine, he said, stating that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accompanied by a crowded delegation visited Somalia last year and this visit boosted relations between the two countries.
Turkey had embassy in Somalia and Turkish Airlines was the only airlines flying to Mogadishu, the president said.
Gul said that 1,600 Somali students and undergraduates have been receiving education in Turkey.
President Gul said that Turkey cooperated with Somalia in regard to establishment of armed forces and police department in Somalia.
Prior to the press conference, Turkey and Somalia signed agreements on military and financial cooperation.
Last Mod: 05 Aralık 2012, 15:06