Turkish president on 2nd African tour, arrives at Senegal

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The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is embarking on a four-country tour of Africa.

His visit began with his arrival to Algeria on the 26th of February, followed by Mauritania, with a third stop in Senegal.

Upon his arrival the West Africa nation, Erdoğan was welcomed by Senegalese President Macky Sall and they had a meeting.

During the meeting, Erdogan said that it was important to shut down Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO)-linked schools in Africa.

 “Our cooperation with Senegal in combating FETO is to continue. Shutting down of FETO-linked schools is very, very important,” Erdogan said.

 “We will raise a generation which is fond of its motherland, which works for the country and their family — through schools being established in Senegal via our Maarif Foundation,” he added.

Turkey established the Maarif Foundation in 2016 to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETO.

FETO (Fethullah Terrorist Organisation) and its US-based leader Fethullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.

By 2017 it was estimated 1.2 million Turks have passed through FETO schools which have an educational footprint extending to over 160 countries.

Senegal – Turkey relations

The Senegalese president said they were willing to continue efforts in further enhancing relations with Turkey.

“Senegal,…, is to continue working with Turkey in international matters and counter-terrorism cooperation,” Sall said.

He urged Turkey to invest in the country.

“Turks can invest in the field of mining, construction, tourism, health and energy in cooperation with Senegalese businesspeople,” he said.

Sall added that the country needs more hotels in Senegal to improve the tourism potential of the country and health investments to reduce the number of patients going to hospitals abroad.

President Erdogan’s last stop will be Mali also in West Africa.