Turkey, Ethiopia should cooperate in African peace efforts

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Addis Ababa, 30 August 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said on Friday that Turkey and Ethiopia have a mutual understanding in their peace-building efforts in Africa, suggesting that the two countries should cooperate with each other.

“Turkey and Ethiopia have established mutual understanding in peace efforts, and what we do in Africa is complementary to each other. It is not competition,” Teshome said in an exclusive interview with Today's Zaman.

“Ethiopia's main object is to bring peace and stability to Somalia and provide Somali people to live a decent life that is free of fear. What Turkey does in Somalia is definitely the same. So, in order to have a peaceful and stable Somalia, Turkey and Ethiopia need to consult each other to combine their peace efforts,” he explained.

“What we do in Somalia really is not for Ethiopia. We aim to free Somali people from being victims of war and of chaotic social situations in their country. Turkey is also contributing a lot enormously in that regard so we are complementing each other,” Teshome added.

The trade volume between the two countries was $421 million in 2013, the president said, adding Ethiopia hosts 200 active Turkish companies in various sectors.