“Turkey’s Approach towards Africa Is Based on Friendship”

Speaking at a meeting at Gazi University in Ankara on the occasion of the May 25th Africa Day, marking the foundation anniversary of the African Union (AU), First Lady Emine Erdoğan underlined: “Turkish people’s concern for Africa doesn’t arise from self-interest, but from ties of affection.”

First Lady Hadja Condé Djene Kaba of Guinea, the AU’s term president, was the honor guest of the meeting, which was also joined by African countries’ ambassadors and their spouses.

In her speech at the event, First Lady Erdoğan congratulated the participants on the Africa Day, and added: “Turkey’s approach towards Africa is always based on friendship. I am a supporter of Africa’s rise from the ashes.”

The First Lady underlined: “Turkish people’s concern for Africa doesn’t arise from self-interest, but from ties of affection. We are today seeking to build, revive and share as we did in the past.”

AFRICAN HANDICRAFTS MARKET AND CULTURE HOUSE

Stating that the African Handicrafts Market and Culture House, which was built in Ankara with the coordination of Turkish Foreign Ministry as a fruit of Turkey-Africa relations and as a token of Turkey-Africa friendship, contributes to the empowerment of African women, First Lady Erdoğan noted that the African House offers an important potential in terms of cultural relations and that this potential should be used in the most effective manner.

First Lady Erdoğan, her Guinean counterpart Hadja Condé Djene Kaba and the spouses of the African countries’ ambassadors visited the African Handicrafts and Culture House in the Hamamönü district of Ankara before the event at Gazi University.