‘Turkey’s diplomatic, humanitarian ties with Africa geared up in 2002’
Turkey’s diplomatic as well as humanitarian relations gained momentum after the year 2002, Nur Sağman, the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s top official for Africa, said. “Turkey has a long history of relations with Africa, but diplomatically, there has been an increase in momentum since 2002. Among Ankara’s corporations and institutions active in the African continent are the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the Maarif Foundation, the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) and Turkish Airlines (THY), the country's flag carrier. Saying that Turkey is wholeheartedly invested in the African continent, Sağman said Ankara works as a team. “Along with bilateral cooperation, Turkey has substantial corporate cooperation with African countries.
She underlined that Turkey is “engaging with every African country” and that Ankara believes African resources should be used to benefit Africans in a win-win situation. Speaking on what distinguishes Turkey from other players in Africa, Sağman said that Ankara prioritizes equality, reciprocal respect and transparency. “Working together, we are growing and rising together,” the envoy underlined. Turkey being ever more active in Africa in recent years has also grabbed the attention of the international community. “We are in Africa because Africa wants us and we want Africa.
Meanwhile, Turkey and Africa have held a two-day media summit in the metropolis Istanbul, in which journalists from Africa and Turkey on Wednesday discussed the challenges reporters face. In his opening speech at the Turkey-Africa Media Summit, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said he hopes the summit will "strengthen our friendship, enable us to get to know each other better and create new cooperation opportunities in the field of media. A range of issues was discussed, including post-pandemic challenges in journalism, journalism under digital siege and women in journalism, at the event organized by the Presidency's Directorate of Communications. Among the participants were 80 media experts from 45 African countries, African diplomats, public officials and members of civil society.
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