Erdoğan offers help to end Ethiopia fighting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered help to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to end the dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia.

“As Turkey we stand ready to make any contribution, including mediation, for the peaceful resolution of the issue,” Erdoğan said in a joint press conference in Ankara, following his meeting with Ahmed on Wednesday, the Turkish president’s office announced.

“It was my heartfelt wish that the dispute would be settled through dialogue between the two countries and on the basis of good neighbourly relations,” he said.

Erdoğan and Ahmed discussed enhancing bilateral ties along with regional and international developments during the Ethiopian prime minister’s official visit to Turkey.

Talks also addressed all aspects of bilateral relations between Turkey and Ethiopia with an emphasis on economy and trade, Erdoğan said, adding that the amount of Turkish investments in Ethiopia had reached $2.5 billion.

“Our companies contribute to the Ethiopian economy in many sectors, including infrastructure, transportation, textile, ready-made clothing and furniture, and provide employment to nearly 10 thousand Ethiopian citizens,” Erdoğan said.

Ankara will encourage Turkish companies to increase their operations in the east African country, he said.

“And I believe that Ethiopian authorities will provide every kind of support to our companies during this process,” he said.

Erdoğan also thanked Ahmed for his support to Turkey’s fight against the Gülen Movement, a religious group that Ankara blames for a failed coup attempt in July 2016 and considers a terrorist organisation.

Several schools in Ethiopia owned by members of the movement were handed over to the Turkish Education Foundation, Erdoğan added.

Turkish Education Foundation was established in 2016 to take over schools abroad that were run by the Gülen Movement.

The Turkish government has taken over the administration of over 250 Gülen-affiliated schools following a years-long campaign calling on more than 100 countries around the world to either shut them down or hand them over to Turkish state control.

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