Turkey’s deputy prime minister expressed the country’s support to restoration of internal peace in Somalia.
Bekir Bozdag said Turkey was always telling its interlocutors that domestic peace should be maintained in Somalia.
“Turkey will be pleased to see positive outcome in efforts to restore domestic peace, and we have told Somali officials that we are ready to extend every type of assistance,” Bozdag told reporters on his way back to Turkey from Somalia.
Bozdag said Somalia asked Turkey to help train soldiers and police, but this was something that could be done after international conventions were signed.
The minister said there were many projects Turkish businessmen could undertake in Somalia, and the Somali government had said that it would do everything it could to facilitate investments.
“Officials told us that history has changed in Somalia after Turkey came to (help) the country. They see Turkey as the source of change and hope,” Bozdag said.
Bozdag said Somalia considered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit a historic step, inauguration of Turkish Embassy as a second step, and direct Turkish Airlines (THY) flights a third step.
The minister said Turkey would establish two development offices in Somalia, and noted that if Somalia could be taught to stand on its own feet by increasing its experiences and know-how, this would be the biggest assistance to that country.
Bozdag said Turkey would open a nursing school and health vocational high school in Somalia, and educate 500 students in its schools.
“230 students will be educated in foundation universities and 270 others in state universities,” Bozdag said.
Bozdag said Turkey would also extend environmental cleaning and municipal work support to Somalia.
Turkey was in Somalia for humanitarian purposes, not for some political intentions, Bozdag said.