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Cabinet Approves Defense, Economic Agreements between Somalia and Turkey

Storyline:National News

GOOBJOOG NEWS | MOGADISHU: The Federal Government of Somalia cabinet ministers Wednesday approved a defense and economic agreement between Somalia and Turley during an extraordinary meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.

The deal marks a major step in cementing relations between the two nations and comes ahead of today’s parliamentary session which is expected to discuss the maritime defense agreement between Somalia and Turkey.

The agreement, signed for a duration of 10 years, will see Turkey deploy its Naval Forces in Somali waters for defense purposes, a major step in enhancing Somalia’s maritime security and combating emerging threats in the region.

Prime Minister Barre said the deal is a historic achievement for the Somalia and thanked Turkey for its continued support.

“Today is a historic day for the country, the council of ministers have voted on an important agreement that will be remembered in the history of Somalia,” he said.

“This agreement will put an end to Somalia being without an ally and without a big brother. Somalia will have a true ally, a friend and a brother at the international arena,” the Prime Minister added.

Turkey will also provide training and equipment to the Somali navy, which will enable Somalia to protect its marine resources and territorial waters from threats such as terrorism, piracy, and foreign interference.

The cabinet also approved economic agreements aimed at facilitating trade between the two countries in which Turkey will assist Somalia tap into its vast potential of fisheries, tourism, and energy.