19 March 2017 Sunday
Turkey will open its largest military base in the world in Somalia in April. Soldiers from the Somalia National Army and soldiers from many African countries will be trained by the Turkish Army in the base that is being constructed in Mogadishu.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar are expected to attend the official opening.
Somalia’s Defense Minister, General Abdulkadir Ali Dini, visited the military base yesterday with a military delegation.
Minister Dini, who visited the base near its completion, thanked the Turkish military and civilian authorities for preparing the base.
Somali President Mohammad Abdullah Muhammad ‘Farmajo’ tweeted from his official account and announced that the base would be opened very soon. “Turkey’s largest military base in the world is almost complete. Soon the Somali Army will return strongly,” President Farmajo said.
Cost of $50 million
The construction of the $50 million base began in March 2015. It will have the capacity to train 500 soldiers at the same time.
The facility is located close to Mogadishu’s airport and three kilometers (1.8 miles) from Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital and the Port of Mogadishu.
The base will occupy 400 hectares and house three military schools, dormitories and depots.
Somalia and Turkey share multi-tiered cooperation. Turkey provides Somalia with military aid, education support, infrastructural development and skills training.
Source: World Bulletin.