Turkey Pledges to Strengthen Bilateral Ties with Eritrea

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Ahmet Davu Toglu in Eritrea
Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu visit to Eritrea

By TesfaNews,

As part of Turkey’s high profile diplomatic tour to three horn of Africa countries, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today met and held talks with President of the State of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, in the capital Asmara.

The two sides conducted in-depth discussion on issues between Ethiopia and Eritrea; developments in the Horn of Africa, as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and Eritrea. 

Davutoglu also briefed Afwerki about his recent visit to Ethiopia and Somalia and assured President Afwerki that Turkey attached greater importance to the region.

The President on his part pointed out that Eritrea supports Turkey’s constructive role to ensure peace and stability in the horn of Africa. He even praised Turkey’s unreserved aid to Somalia and its wholeheartedly approach to the region as a no “string” and with no “secret agenda”.

Foreign Minister Davutoglu and President Afwerki also discussed various ways and means of enhancing the economies of the respective countries by introducing investment opportunities to Turkish companies in areas of fishery, agriculture, mining and manufacturing in Eritrea.

Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu further asserted that his country would strive to develop the existing bilateral ties with Eritrea and plans to open its first embassy to Eritrea in 2013.

Likewise, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is also making a similar tour to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.