Erdogan arrives in Somalia

Published January 25th, 2015 - 10:23 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was welcomed by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, and Turkey’s ambassador to Somalia Olgan Bekar in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu.

Turkey's president decided to visit Somalia despite a bomb exploding near a hotel in Mogadishu where a Turkish delegation was staying.

Erdogan and Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu will attend the official opening of a training and research hospital, built by Turkey's international cooperation agency TIKA.

The president is also accompanied by his wife and daughter, Emine and Sumeyye Erdogan, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Science and Industry Minister Fikri Isik, and Forestry and Water Minister Veysel Eroglu.

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