Turkey looks to Africa | Ahval

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on a five-day, four-country visit to Africa this week to look for alternative trading partners to make up for losses in the Middle East and persuade African countries to close down or hand over schools run by U.S.–based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen.

“Erdoğan is the world leader who visits Africa the most,” Erdoğan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın said ahead of the trip to Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali. The visit will bring to 32 the number of African countries Erdoğan has visited out of the 54 states on the continent.

Turkey has been trying to expand its economic presence in Africa since it adopted its African Expansion Plan in 1998 and has held two cooperation summits to promote trade and is to host another next year.

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