Turkey aims to further strengthen cooperation with Africa and discuss ongoing regional crises, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday, ahead of his visit to Sudan as part of his Africa tour.
Speaking to reporters at Esenboğa Airport in Ankara, Erdoğan said that his visit will mark the first time a Turkish president visits Sudan and Chad.
He said that the visit will aim to boost business ties and target the Gülenist Terror Group’s (FETÖ) exploitation of Africa.
Erdoğan noted that many African countries deported FETÖ members following the deadly July 15, 2016 coup attempt and transferred the control of FETÖ schools to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation, adding that he hopes more action will be taken against the group.
Regarding the recent crisis regarding the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Erdoğan said that as the term chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), he expected President Donald Trump to call him and discuss the matter.
He added that Turkey made its call to the U.S. and continues to do so, and will always seek dialogue to resolve the matter.
The president also noted that he is planning to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation of hundreds of civilians who need immediate humanitarian assistance in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.
After Sudan, Erdoğan will fly to Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Tuesday. On the last day of the three-day visit, the president is scheduled to fly to Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia.
The visit will be dominated by business forums to discuss investment, and Erdoğan is expected to sign cooperation deals in each state. The visit demonstrates Ankara’s desire to strengthen ties with the three countries under its Africa partnership policy, a statement released by the presidency explained.