Somalia: Security beefed up in Mogadishu ahead of Turkish President Visit

Published: January 19, 2015

Mr Erdogan, was the first major Western leader to visit Somalia in 2011.
Mr Erdogan, was the first major Western leader to visit Somalia in 2011 following decades of civil war.

The government of Somalia has beefed up security measures ahead of Turkish President Recep Dayyib Erdogan official tour to the capital, Mogadishu in this week.
Security personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas and along the roads leading to the capital’s airport and Presidential palace, checking all cars and vehicles on Monday.
Police and other security personnel in several parts of Mogadishu put on high alert, checking the cars and suspicious persons roaming on the streets.
Horseed Media has learnt that a delegation from the Turkish government composed of the diplomats and security officials arrived in Mogadishu on Monday to assess the security situation.
It will be the second time Mr Erdogan has visited Somalia in four years. In 2011, he became the first major Western leader in decades to visit the country wracked by war and starvation.
The visit was designed to demonstrate Turkey’s readiness to help victims of a devastating famine, but also to showcase Ankara’s ambition to become a major political and economic player in Africa.
Mr Erdogan, who won the Turkish Presidential elections last year is expected to hold talks with the Somali President and other top government officials concerning the bilateral relations and will go round to see the on-going Turkish development projects in the capital.
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