President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey is set to have 54 diplomatic missions in 54 African nations to strengthen relations and solidarity with the continent.
Turkey currently has 39 missions in Africa.
Each country is important for Turkey, Erdogan said at a joint press conference with his Beninese counterpart Patrice Talon in Ankara.
“All [African] countries matter to Turkey, thus, I think, our ties with Africa should be strengthened much more in order to keep this friendship and solidarity together,” Erdogan said.
The president also said both leaders agreed that three schools in Benin linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) would be taken over by a Turkish educational foundation.
The FETO group is led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen and is accused of orchestrating a recent failed deadly coup attempt in…