Turkey and Somalia forge oil and gas cooperation agreement

Turkey and Somalia solidified their partnership through an oil and gas cooperation agreement in Istanbul, announced by the Turkish energy minister. This pact, signed on Thursday, marks a significant stride in bolstering bilateral relations.

In addition to this, Somalia recently disclosed a defense agreement with Turkey, encompassing support for its maritime assets.Turkey states that the fresh agreement covers the exploration, exploitation, and production of oil in both onshore and offshore areas of Somalia.. Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar emphasized Turkey’s intent to fortify its presence in the Horn of Africa through such collaborative ventures.

The Somali petroleum and mineral resources minister, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, attended the Istanbul meeting. Turkey’s active involvement in Somalia underscores its strategic significance in the region, where various nations vie for influence along the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, key routes to the Red Sea.

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