Somalia invites Turkey to find offshore oilChristian Fernsby ▼ | January 20, 2020
Somalia has invited Turkey to carry out offshore oil exploration works in the territorial waters of the African country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, as reported by broadcaster NTV.
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“Therefore, there will be steps that we will take in our operations there,” NTV quoted the Turkish president as saying, as carried by Reuters.
Turkey has been giving aid to Somalia since 2011, following a famine in the African country, as Ankara aims to increase its influence in and around the Horn of Africa where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are also vying for influence.
Somalia is not an oil producer, but seismic studies have shown that there could be a lot of oil and gas resources in its offshore. ■