Somalia Approves Major Defence Deal With Turkey


(MENAFN- Nam News Network)


The 10 year defence deal will see Somalia's army get training from Turkey

MOGADISHU, Feb 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) - Parliament in Somalia has approved a major defence agreement with Turkey.
Under the ten-year deal, Turkey will arm and train Somali navy forces and deploy its own ships in Somali waters.
Analysts say it's a major step in enhancing Somalia's maritime security.
Prime Minister Hamza Abdi said the deal eliminates – in his words – fears of terrorism, piracy, illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste.
It comes as Ethiopia signed a controversial agreement with the self-declared republic of Somaliland, which has increased tensions between Mogadishu and Addis Ababa. (Somalia, which considers Somaliland part of its territory, has accused Ethiopia of violating its sovereignty). - NNN-AGENCIES

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