İrem UZUN -TDO- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Somalia invited Turkey to explore for oil in its waters, private national broadcaster NTV reported. "We had a proposal from Somalia. They said that Somalia had oil in its seas. [They said] as in Libya, [we] could do the same [drilling operations] in [Somalia]," Erdogan told journalists on the presidential plane returning from a summit in Berlin on Sunday, where world powers discussed the situation in Libya. Erdogan said Ankara was intending to honour the invitation. "There would be steps that we will take there. This is something beneficial for us," he said.

Since Erdogan's historic visit to the capital Mogadishu during a deadly famine in 2011, Turkey has been providing tens of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid to Somalia. Turkey has also built a military base in the Somali capital to train local forces. The Mogadishu international airport and the sea port are run by Turkish companies.

Erdogan earlier said: 'In light of this new agreement between Turkey and Libya, we can carry out exploration operations in those exclusive economic zones that we have identified. The rest of the countries cannot carry out exploration operations in these areas without permission from Ankara.' He pointed out that Turkey will buy another drilling ship and will continue operations in Black sea and other international waters.

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