3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit adopts Statement to strengthen partnership

APS - 19 December 2021

ISTANBUL (Turkey)-The 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit held Monday in Istanbul culminated in a Statement dubbed a "new roadmap" to strengthen a mutually beneficial partnership between Turkey and the African continent.

The Statement will be implemented under five strategic cooperation areas through a joint action plan from 2022 to 2026, said Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the closing ceremony of the Summit themed "Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity."

Algeria, which backs the resolutions of this Summit, was represented by Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Aimene Benabderrahmane, in his capacity as representative of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Turkey, which has pursued a very intensive African policy for nearly twenty years, is thus working to initiate a new stage in relations with the African Union and African countries, including its active contribution to the success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Ankara had adopted a multidimensional approach to Africa in order to establish close political relations, strengthened by the multiplication of bilateral visits.

In this regard, Turkey aspires to become "the voice" of Africa by advocating positions in favor of the continent and defending the positions of African countries in various forums and meetings around the world, in addition to close economic cooperation through dense trade, multifaceted investments and humanitarian aid for the peoples of Africa.

In this vein, Turkey reiterates its call to reform the United Nations (UN) Security Council while focusing on the "consolidation of the representation of African countries in this UN organ."

The Turkish president also reiterated his determination to boost cooperation with African countries on several issues, particularly terrorism, the fight against organized crime, poverty and the development of education and training.

Erdogan, who hoped the Summit will take place regularly, invited African leaders to attend the Antalya Diplomatic Summit scheduled on 11-13 March 2022 under the theme "Rebuilding Diplomacy."