On a four-day visit, Erdogan seeks to boost ties with Africa

On a four-day visit, Erdogan seeks to boost ties with Africa

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to strengthen ties with African countries while in Dakar, Senegal as part of a four-day trip to West and Central Africa.

On Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall said during a joint press conference, “We will continue to enhance our relations with African countires on the basis of sincerity and solidarity. We exchanged ideas on how we can further advance our relations in every area, we once again gladly observed that we share the same determination to deepen our cooperation”.

Turkey and Senegal exchanged $540 million in bilateral trade in 2021. Erdogan said he is targeting $1 billion in trade by 2022.

Since 2007, The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has completed 186 projects in Senegal. The total value of which was $12m, is determined to maintain its activities.

Erdogan is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Dakar Olympic Stadium and visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea-Bissau. President noted that the 3rd Turkey-African Partnership Summit was held in December in Istanbul and set out a roadmap with Africa in relation to Turkey for 2022-2026.