Erdogan’s top aide hails African stance on Palestine issue

December 31, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Ankara (UNA-OIC) – A top aide of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised Africa’s stance over the Palestine-Israel conflict, saying it is beyond short-term political and economic interests.

In a column, titled Connecting with Africa in a multipolar world, for Daily Sabah newspaper on Saturday, Ibrahim Kalin said: The overall African perspective on the Palestinian question demonstrates that African nations follow regional and global issues with a clear sense of justice and conscience beyond short-term political and economic interest.

The column was published after President Erdogan’s four-day Africa tour, which included Sudan, Chad, and Tunisia. Kalin, who is also Erdogan’s spokesman, said African countries played an extremely positive role during the recent vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Jerusalem by rejecting Trump’s unilateral decision to declare the contested city as Israel’s capital.

Praising the social, economic and geographic diversity of the continent, Kalin said no single blanket model of partnership can make the best of its richness. Engaging Africa requires a multileveled approach in a multipolar world. It is with this principle in mind that Turkey has been seeking to connect with Africa over the last decade, he said.

He noted Africa deserves to be treated as an equal partner on the world stage.

In his article, Kalin emphasized Erdogan’s visits to 24 African countries over the last several years and two Turkey-Africa summits.

He added that Turkey had increased its number of embassies in Africa from 12 to 39 (to be 41 in 2018) and increased its trade fivefold-sixfold over the last decade.

Kalin said Erdogan’s Africa tour, the first at the presidential level, focused on improving bilateral political and economic relations and saw the signing of several dozen agreements in various fields, Anadolu Agency reported.

Mentioning the works of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Sudan, including the restoration of two mosques and a port building on the island, he said a big agricultural initiative in Sudan is among major projects of Turkey.

He also said that investment opportunities, economic relations, Jerusalem issue, and Qatar-Gulf relations were among the topics discussed during Erdogan’s Chad and Tunisia visits.

Source: International Islamic News Agency