Turkish Ambassador pledges to strengthen Turkey-Somali relations amid furore of Kashoggi’s murder

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Outgoing Turkish Ambassador to The Federal Republic of Somalia has vowed to solidify the diplomatic relations between the two Muslim nations.

Ankara became upset about The Somali Foreign Minister’s blind backing of Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi which sparked a global outrage after a team of 18 men sent from Saudi Arabia decapitated the body of the Journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago in what the Turkish President described as a premeditated murder.

Speaking during a gathering to mark 95th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, Ambassador Oglen Bekar said he will personally work to fortify the diplomatic ties between his country and the horn of African nation.

Ambassador Bekar whose diplomatic assignment in Somalia is coming to an end read the speech of President Tayyip Erdogan to the invited guest in the embassy including senior Somali Federal Government Officials lead by The speaker of the Upper House who praised the Ankara role in Somalia.

Former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Former Speaker Professor of parliament Osman Jawari were also present at the function.

In what was described by analysts as reckless and dysfunctional move, Somali Foreign Ministry issued press statement  in support of Riyadh weeks ago saying Saudi sovereignty must be respected.  At a time the international community, including the US and European countries, warned of consequences against the Saudi Kingdom for the murder of the Washington Columnist.

In response Turkish Foreign Minister declined to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretariat meeting in Mogadishu on 27th October.

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