Somalia 'invites Turkey' to explore for oil, Erdogan says
"There is an offer from Somalia. They are saying: 'There is oil in our seas. You are carrying out these operations with Libya, but you can also do them here.' This is very important for us," Erdogan was cited as saying by NTV. "Therefore, there will be steps that we will take in our operations there."
Turkey has established a firm alliance with Somalia over the years and has invested heavily into the African country.
Somalia has received tonnes in aid from its Turkish ally, while Ankara has also provided medical care for the victims of terror attacks in the East African country.
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"Whenever there is a problem, Turkey helps us. Where are the other countries?" a popular cartoon that circulated on Somali social media in the aftermath of a 2017 attack said.
Many Somalis at the time contrasted Ankara's response with that of the European Union, which has a naval force including combat ships equipped with emergency medical systems off Mogadishu's shores to deter piracy, but have not treated the victims of terror attacks.
Meanwhile, engineers from Turkey have also taken part in mass projects to rebuild roads in Somalia, while Turkish military personnel have trained Somali soldiers as part of efforts to build-up the country's army.
The attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, which has stepped up its activities in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya in recent weeks.