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Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:55

Somali FM Hopes Turkish Overseas Military Camp to Boost Country’s Army

Somali population is very thankful to the Turkish government and its people for the humanitarian as well as developmental support for the government and for the country. The Somalia government is committed to the cooperation and we are looking into ways to improve the relationship,'' he said. 

''Cooperation between Turkey and Somalia did not start long ago... but it has achieved a lot and it is something very visible if you travel in the Somali capital Mogadishu,'' Omar added.
''Turkey constructed the airport road. The Turkish government in agreement with the Somali government has established two hospitals, schools and other projects.''
''It is very important cooperation between us [Turkey and Somalia] and it has a good future. A strategic partnership,'' he said.
He said drought has affected the Horn of Africa country so much and that there is a ministry in the new cabinet that is in charge of humanitarian affairs.
''What I understand is that this drought compared to 2011 is bigger, but because of the preparedness of Somalia and the international community the impact on human lives is less than in 2011,'' he added.
Somalia is one of the several African states facing famine due to drought. Eleven of its 18 regions have been hit by the drought.
The drought has led to a lack of clean water and cholera has killed more than 600 people this year, according to the World Health Organization.
The UN said at least 615,000 people have been displaced since 2016 and 40,000 children have stopped attending school.
*Reporting by Zuhal Demirci; Writing by Felix Nkambeh Tih
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