January 6th 2016: Turkey has officially commenced the building of a military base in Somalia in line with the two countries’ strengthened partnership in the recent years.
The military is one among many pledges by the Turkish government to build up the Somali National Army that has been rocked by challenges emanating from the al Shabaab threat in the country.
According to Emil Tekin, the head of the Foreign Ministry department responsible for Somalia said that the first of the kind base will be used to train Somali soldiers and by extension in the future be used for other forces across the African continent.
Somalia and Turkey’s Defence industry cooperation was approved in January 2015 and all the necessary measures have been taken to roll out the pilot project. The base will work simultaneously with a military school being built by the Turkish government for educating and training both officers corps and noncommissioned officers in Somalia.
Turkey has remained as a reliable ally to Somalia with statistics indicating at least $400 million in aid from Turkey to Somalia in the recent years especially towards bolstering the country’s security that has suffered majorly from attacks by the al Shabaab militants.