Turkey Set to Open its Military Base in Somalia in April this Year

Turkey is set to open its military base in Somalia in April this year according to various reports by Turkish media.

Turkish army is expected to train Somalia troops and troops from other African countries at the base which has been under construction near Somalia’s airport in Mogadishu since March 2015.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff’s Chief Gen. Hulusi Akar are expected to take part in the official opening ceremony, which is due to take place in April, according to the sources.

The military base construction costs reportedly make up $50 million. About 500 soldiers will be able to train at the same time; the base occupies 400 hectares and includes three military schools, dormitories and depots.

Last week, Somalia’s current defence minister Abdikadir Sheikh Ali Dini along with Turkish military officials has visited the base in the Mogadishu.

 

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