PM Abiy Travels to Istanbul for Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is in Istanbul, Turkey to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit.

Abiy left Addis Ababa to Istanbul on Friday morning leading a high-level Ethiopian delegation to participate in the three-day long summit, his office said.

Apart from Abiy, 38 other Afrcan leaders and top ministers as well as Chairperson of AU commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will attend the summit, which comes fast on the heels of a top-level investment and trade forum in October.

Chairperson of AU and president of DR Congo Félix Tshisekedi and AUC Chairperson Mahamat among the top leaders that will officiate the summit.

The attending leaders are expected to adopt the ‘Turkey-Africa Partnership Joint Action Plan 2021-2026’, which contains concrete actions to be implemented jointly by Turkey, AU and its member States, said the pan African bloc.

‘Second visit in a year’

Abiy’s previous official visit to Turkey was in August 2021 during which the two countries signed water and military financial cooperation agreements.

“The agreements we have signed are vital in strengthening relationships between Ethiopia and Turkey,” Prime Minister Abiy said.

“I appreciate Turkey’s support in Ethiopia’s continued development and stability,” he during his visit in August that marked the 125th anniversary of Ethio-Turkish relations.

Currently. Turkey is the fourth largest investor in Africa , trailing China, US and France, according to a report published by Swiss-African Business Circle this year.

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