19 February 2018

Somalia: Turkish Deputy PM Scheduled to Pay an Official Visit to Somalia

Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu is scheduled to pay a two-day official visit to Sudan and Somalia starting on Tuesday.

According to the statement from the deputy prime minister's press office, Çavuşoğlu will meet his Sudanese counterpart Bakri Hassan Saleh in Khartoum.

The Turkish minister then will visit Sudan's Suakin Island to examine the ongoing renovation project by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) to transform the area into a culture and tourism center.

TIKA has already finished the restoration work for the Al-Hanafi Mosque, Al-Shafei Mosque and the two historic customs building, which date back to the Ottoman Empire.

Moving to Somalia following the Sudan visit, Çavuşoğlu will meet with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre.

Located on the west coast of the Red Sea, the island is only 261 nautical miles away from Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia.

Until the 19th century, Suakin was the residential address of the Ottoman Empire's Habesh Eyalet, which encompasses today's Eritrea, Djibouti and northern Somalia.

Ottomans used the port city to protect the Hejaz province, present-day western Saudi Arabia, from attacks on the Red Seafront.

Suakin Island became part of Sudan after it gained independence from the British-Egyptian government in 1956.


Al-Shabaab Remains Major Security Threat to the Country

The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group remains a potent threat to security in the region, although its capacity to… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Shabelle Media Network. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.