Turkey to build a military camp in Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Turkey has started to build a military training base in Somalia as part of its pledge to build up the national army for the Somali government, a senior Turkish diplomat has said.
Turkish foreign ministry reported that building the training center is part of a framework agreement between the two countries on military cooperation. The Somali soldiers are expected to be trained there by Turkish army personel.
“This military training facility will also be an important base for [providing] military training for the entire [continent of] Africa,” Emel Tekin, the foreign ministry official said.
The Turkish military is also building a military school in Somalia to educate and train both officer corps and noncommissioned officers.
Tekin said that, when she visited Somalia, she noticed Somali soldiers were wearing different uniforms and shoes provided by various donor countries from the Gulf and the European Union.
They [Somalis] are trying to overcome this,” she said, by establishing a military structure that is complete and under a single chain of command. Turkey is trying to support this as well,” Tekin said.
Turkey has provided $400 million in aid to Somalia in recent years, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.For more news and stories, join us on Facebook,Twitter , or contact us through our Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org