12 June 2014

Gambia: Turkey, African Counterparts Meet Ahead of Crucial Summit

Ahead of the Second Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit that is expected to be held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea in November 2014, the trans-continental nation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the Third Turkey-Africa Senior Officials Meeting in Ankara on 6 June 2014 within the framework of the preparations for the Summit. A press release sent to this paper by the Turkish embassy in The Gambia stated that representatives from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant Turkish institutions and agencies, Mauritania - currently holding the chairmanship of the African Union - from Equatorial Guinea, member states of the African Union and the African Union Commission had participated in the meeting.

"The representatives of relevant Turkish institutions and agencies made presentations with regard to the projects and cooperation fields that have been implemented in Africa since the 2008 Istanbul Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, which created a sustainable structure. The representatives of the African countries and African Union officials stressed that Turkey's development and humanitarian aid in Africa is appreciated all over the continent and that they attach importance to the continuation of Turkey's cooperation with Africa. They underlined that the Second Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit will be an important opportunity in this regard and stated their expectations," the release stated.

It concluded that Turkey is determined to develop further its relations in all fields with the African Union, the regional groups in the continent and African states.

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