16 African leaders, AU officials, over 100 Ministers in Turkey for “partnership” summit

A total of sixteen (16) African leaders and over hundred (100) government Ministers from different African countries and officials from the African Union are currently in Turkey – Istanbul to take part in a summit under the theme “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity.”

Explaining the purpose of the meeting, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that, “on the occasion of this Summit, we will adopt an action plan on what we will do in the next five years. In addition to the Joint declaration, we aim an action plan under five main topics: Development, trade, industry and education.”

The country’s communications directorate also said the summit will also look at areas including “strategic ties” with the African Union together with the participating African countries.

Congolese foreign minister, Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala told reporters that, “this turnout is a sign of Africa’s confidence in Turkey. Africa trusts the Turkish people. It also shows how Africa benefits from cooperating with Turkey.”

This current summit ongoing in Istanbul marks the third summit between African leaders and the Turkish government. The President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to deliver a speech to the gathering on Saturday December 18, 2021 to climax the summit.

Turkey has in recent times set an agenda to expand its wings across Africa just like Western countries by dealing with the leadership on all levels, permeating the African Union as well. Currently, the country has expanded its embassies which were just 12 as at 2002 to 43 and counting. Turkish airline now flies to over 60 African destinations.

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