ugust 2021 marked a decade of multifaceted cooperation between Somalia and Turkey.
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This can be seen from Turkey’s increasing relations with Somalia, China and Russia’s decision to establish military bases and the United Arab Emirates’ economic and military activities taking place particularly in Somalia and Djibouti.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the WFP have placed Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen on the “highest alert,” with 750,000 people facing starvation and death.
Read: Is China Buying Out Africa?The continuous political and security instability in Somalia may be regarded as a convergence of clan-based rule, national politics, and militancy.
Read: Turkey-Somalia Relations: A Decade of Substantial Strategic CooperationTurkey's investment as well as cultural activities in Africa have become diverse, and implemented by top governmental bodies including Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Yunus Emre Institute, the Turkish Maarif Foundation, Anadolu Agency, Turkish Airlines (THY) and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and the Turkish Religious Foundation.
In an op-ed, Justice Minister of Somalia Abdulkadir Mohammad Nur stated that Turkey is the hope for African countries to stabilize their democratic political structures.
Moreover, several Middle Eastern and African countries such as Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Egypt expressed interest in purchasing the Turkish UAVs in the future.
Since 2015, mercenaries have flourished in Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Mozambique, Central African Republic, and Venezuela.
In this writer's humble opinion, asides from Azerbaijan, other potential candidates to recognize the TRNC include Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Cuba, Libya and - perhaps as a real game-changer - Qatar.
In East Africa, there is an ongoing conflict between Somalia and Kenya over a maritime border dispute, rising tension between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), and a border crisis between Sudan and Ethiopia, while Nigeria in West Africa recently opened its land borders with neighbors which were closed for 16 months.
Where it is a problem, as in Somalia and South Sudan, this is invariably because the movement was itself divided, with deep underlying weaknesses, and won out more because of the failures of the incumbent regime than of any strengths of its own.
History shows that in the 1970s Sudan under the leadership of Jaafar Muhammad Nimeiry made a similar move while Ethiopia was fighting the Ogaden War with Somalia.
Leaving behind a war-torn country, Ilhan Omar arrived in the United States as a refugee from Somalia and is a U.
Overall, on different occasions, their involvement in the counter-piracy operations on the Somalia coast has been portrayed as a morally justified act to maintain law and order in the strategically important waterway through which more than 33,000 ships navigate annually.
Kenyans distributing food and aid to the daily laborers that live in the slums of Nairobi who were affected by the curfews, Japan offering warm support to China at the height of the crisis in Wuhan, Turkey sending aid to Iran, Italy, Spain, and the Balkans, and Somalia sending 20 doctors to Italy, are a great start to governments collaborating positively during the crisis, which can be built upon in the future.
Pushing back against Turkish influence in Syria, as well as throughout the greater Arab/Islamic world from Somalia to Iraq and Qatar to Libya, requires the unity of powerful Arab states, naturally making Saudi Arabia a key player in this regard from Abu Dhabi’s standpoint.