The Turkish embassy in Mogadishu today marked the Turkish Republic Day led by ambassador Kani Torun and graced by senior government officials.
The celebrations are marked annually in Turkey in celebrations of the country’s founding in 1923 under the leadership of its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Speaking during the ceremony, Torun said Somalia and Turkey enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations noting that his country was focused on helping in the reconstruction of Somalia.
He added that Turkey will in January open one of the biggest embassies in the world in Somalia which is currently under construction. This will be among the landmark development projects Turkey has established in Somalia including the reconstruction and modernisation of Aden Abdulle Airport. Others include the street lighting and road construction in Mogadishu in addition to the state of the art Digfer Training and Referral Hospital in Mogadishu.
Prime Minister Abdirashi Ali Sharmake, Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari and UN special envoy Nicholas Kay attended the function.