MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – High delegation by Turkish Defense minister, Hulusi Akar has arrived in Mogadishu for a two-day official visit.
The delegation was received at the airport by Somali government officials led by the country’s deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Mohamed Guleid.
Mr. Akar and other Turkish delegates are expected to hold a meeting with counterpart, Hassan Ali on military cooperation, security and relations between the countries.
He will also meet with Somali National Army (SNA) chief, Dahir Adan Elmi who will brief him on the process of rebuilding the country’s army and the fight against Al-Shabaab fighters.
Turkey has been supporting Somalia in training and improving the country’s infrastructure.
Turkey and Somalia have long enjoyed friendly relations, as Turkey has invested in many areas to help modernize Mogadishu, the capital of the Horn of Africa country.
Last year, Turkey opened its largest military training academy abroad in Somalia.
Located south of Mogadishu, the training facility took some two years to build.
The facility spans over 4 square kilometers (1.54 square miles) and can train more than 1,500 troops at a time, according to the Somali government.