Turkey rejects orientalist approach to the African continent

“We embrace the peoples of the African continent without any discrimination,” Turkish President Erdogan said in his address to the Angolan parliament as part of his four-day tour of Africa.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the Angolan parliament in Luanda, Angola, October 18, 2021. (AA)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing the General Assembly of the Angolan parliament, stressed that his country rejects “the orientalist approach centered on the West” towards the African continent.

“We embrace the peoples of the African continent without any discrimination,” noted Erdogan, declaring: “Some still cannot accept the achievements of the African peoples in terms of independence, freedom and equality.”

Highlighting “the injustices in the world system”, Erdogan again stressed that “the world is greater than five” and added: “The fate of humanity must not be left at the mercy of a handful of countries. who won World War II ”.

“As the world and almost all aspects of our lives change, and diplomacy, trade and international relations undergo radical transformations, we cannot think that the architecture of global security will remain the same,” he said. he declared.

Erdogan arrived in Angola on Sunday, the first destination of his four-day tour of Africa.

“Cooperation opportunities on defense, energy”

Earlier Monday, Erdogan told a press conference with his Angolan counterpart Joao Lourenco that Angola had previously requested Turkish-made drones, while Monday’s talks also included armored vehicles.

“Over the past 19 years, Turkey has taken many measures in the field of the defense industry which have also caught the attention of Angola,” Erdogan noted, adding that the defense ministers of the countries will have further discussions.
The Turkish-African business forum will be held in Turkey on October 21-22, while the Turkey-Africa cooperation summit will be held in Istanbul on December 17-18, Erdogan also said.

The two countries can also improve their cooperation in the tourism, education and trade sectors, he added.

Turkey-Angola relations

Erdogan is on a four-day tour of the African continent, visiting Angola, Nigeria and Togo.

Turkey’s relations with the African nation have been warm since the Republic of Angola immediately gained independence in 1975.

Immediately recognizing the Republic of Angola, Turkey subsequently opened its embassy in Luanda in 2010.

Even though the bilateral trade volume between the countries officially reached around $ 212 million in 2019, the actual trade volume between the two countries would be higher than statistics suggest, according to at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Turkey’s exports include food products, textiles, clothing, white goods, and machinery.

Development aid and scholarships for Angolan students were other steps Turkey took to improve ties with the African country.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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