Selin ATAY -TDO- Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday officially opened Turkey’s first embassy in Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo.

Speaking at the event, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that he is pleased to be the first Turkish foreign minister to pay an official visit to the Central African nation.

Stating that diplomatic relations between Ankara and Malabo were established in the 1980s,

“Especially with the friendship between President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, our relations have progressed and developed rapidly in the last three, four years.” Cavusoglu said.

Underlining that Turkey attaches great importance to the relations with African countries, Cavusoglu described Equatorial Guinea as “a strategic partner”.

In talks with his counterpart Angue, Cavusoglu said they had agreed to further diplomatic relations and would continue to work together.

As part of the country’s cooperation with Africa, the Turkish government has donated millions of dollars for infrastructure development on the continent and sponsored hundreds of African students.

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