Turkey urges Africa to close down FETO schools

Turkey's national education minister stresses deep friendship with African countries at 3-day education gathering in Istanbul

Turkey urges Africa to close down FETO schools

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ankara expects African countries to cooperate with it against the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year's defeated coup attempt in Turkey, including by shuttering its schools, Turkey’s national education minister said Thursday.

Speaking at the opening of the Turkey-Africa Education Ministries Conference at Istanbul’s Ciragan Palace, Ismet Yilmaz said that in its foreign policy, Turkey prioritizes the independence, freedom, peace, and safety of Africa countries.

Yilmaz highlighted the deep roots of the friendship between Turkey and African countries.

“Africa has always held a special place in our hearts,” he said.

Turkey has been active in Africa in many fields, from health to education, and cooperation in the fields of education and culture, bringing the two sides closer to each other, he said.

“If we want initiate ties with a country, I think education is the best place to start,” he added.

Turkey has agreements on education cooperation with 26 African countries and is negotiating for cooperation with 20 more, said Ismet Yilmaz.

“Nine draft agreements have been sent to related countries through the Foreign Ministry,” he said. “We are cooperating with 34 Africa countries.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ekim 2017, 14:50