Turkish President confirmed that he will not cancel his visit to Somalia scheduled for Jan. 25, despite a Jan. 22 attack at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were attending a preparatory meeting.
Five Somalis were killed when the suicide car bomb exploded, while there were no casualties among 70 members of the Turkish delegation.
“I don’t think that this attack was against us, against Turkey. I don’t want to think this way,” Erdoğan said upon a question, noting that the bombing could be “the kind of attacks that have been targeting the Somali government” in the past years.
“If the organizers are really Somalis and Muslims, then they should know that Turkey has got nothing to do with Somalia but to help and support it,” Turkish President stressed.
He added that he would visit the country to inaugurate the hospitals and roads that Turkey built. “I believe that it will make our brothers happy. If somebody feels uncomfortable, then he is an enemy of Somalia.”