President Erdoğan at Presidential Palace in Mozambique

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on institutions linked to Fethullah Gülen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup attempt last year.

Erdoğan arrived in the Mozambican capital of Maputo from Tanzania. He also plans to visit Madagascar before returning to Turkey on Wednesday.

The trip is part of Turkey’s effort to develop relationships in Africa. Turkish Airlines, for example, opened a route between Istanbul and Maputo in 2015.The Turkish government seeks the closure or takeover of international institutions inspired by Gulen, a U.S.-based critic of Erdoğan who has denied involvement in the botched military uprising in Turkey in July.

President Erdoğan laid a wreath at the Heroes Square and then headed to the Presidential Palace.President Erdoğan was welcomed by President Nyusi with an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

National anthems of the two countries were played and a gun-salute was fired. Following the introduction of delegations, President Erdoğan and President Nyusi headed inside the palace for their meeting.

First Lady Emine Erdoğan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak and Deputy Secretary General and Spokesperson of the Presidency Ambassador İbrahim Kalın were also present at the ceremony.

 

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