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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Turkey wants visa agreement with Ethiopia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has stated that Turkey is currently looking to sign an agreement with Ethiopia regarding the liberalisation of the visa regime.

Speaking during a visit to Addis Ababa, Davutoglu stressed the need for more high level visits between to two countries. Davutoglu was in Addis Ababa to visit Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss economic relations between Turkey and Ethiopia and to update Zenawi about the current Turkish activities in Africa.

During his visit, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn stated that Addis Ababa would be open to investments from Turkey in Ethiopia and also agreed on Davutoglu’s statements that there should be more frequent visits between the two countries to have consultations and to discuss relations.

Turkey has recently taken a huge interest in Africa, Turkey recently announced new plans to support and provide aid for Somalia. Turkey is currently in a good position economically and politically and can provide assistance to other countries that are looking to grow.

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