Turkish Intelligence Chief Visits Mogadishu, Meets Somali President

Published: April 30, 2024

Mogadishu, Somalia (Horseed Media) – The director of the Turkish National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ibrahim Kalin, made a surprise visit to Mogadishu on Tuesday and held talks with the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

During the meeting, President Mohamud expressed his appreciation for Turkey’s role in supporting security and stability efforts in Somalia. He highlighted the Somali government’s prioritization of cooperation between the two nations, particularly in areas such as counterterrorism operations and strengthening regional peace and stability.

The meeting was also attended by the director of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency, Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Ali.

Turkey is considered a close ally and friend of Somalia, with the Turkish government maintaining the largest military base in Africa located in Mogadishu. The two countries have recently signed an agreement that authorizes Turkey to build a navy for Somalia and take over maritime security responsibilities along Somalia’s coastline, the longest in Africa, for a period of 10 years.

The agreement underscores the strategic importance of safeguarding Somalia’s vital oil resources and developing its blue economy potential in the region. Turkey’s expanding role in Somalia reflects the deep-rooted partnership between the two nations.

Both sides have reiterated their commitment to further enhancing bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including security, defense, and economic development, aimed at fostering long-term stability and prosperity in the Horn of Africa region.