Turkey’s Erdogan to embark on major trip to Africa

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit four west African countries next week, including Nigeria, his office said Saturday.

Erdogan will began his visit in Ivory Coast on Sunday, before travelling on to Ghana and then to economic powerhouse Nigeria. He will wrap up the trip in Guinea on Thursday, it said.

The visit was aimed at deepening Turkey’s “strategic partnership” with Africa and developing relations with members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the presidential statement said.

It will be the first time a Turkish president has visited Ivory Coast and Guinea, it added. Erdogan, who in January last year visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia, is spearheading a drive to expand Turkish presence in Africa.