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Yildiz, who is leading a delegation of Organization of Islamic Conference, said his meetings with Ethiopian officials was pivotal in coordinating assistance in the region.
National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Mitiku Kassa briefed the delegation specifically about the drought situation in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has been hit by severe drought over the decades that has affected 7.8 million people; last week it appealed for international emergency food aid which it said would run out in July.
Yildiz told Anadolu Agency the purpose of the visit was to find out the impact of drought and famine in the region, and collect input from local authorities.
“We have got necessary information from our discussion and we are here to look into how to coordinate priorities of assistance and implementation,” he added.
The Turkish deputy foreign minister also held talks with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workineh Gebeyehu.
We have “excellent relations” with Turkey over various fields, Gebeyehu said.
Yildiz said Turkey’s ties with Africa were based on long-term and strategic partnership.
We will help our African brothers in every possible way, he said, adding: “Our relation with Ethiopia is an excellent one,” he added.
The Turkish deputy minister will visit South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia next.