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Turkey’s vision in Africa is ‘sustainable and human-­centric’

Yavuz Selim Kiran
By Yavuz Selim Kiran

Deputy foreign affairs minister, Turkey

Posted on Friday, 19 February 2021 12:14

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I am often asked how Turkey sees Africa, our priorities and expectations. An African proverb sums it up: If you want to go fast, walk alone, if you want to walk far, walk together.

Far from being short-termist, our vision is sustainable and human-­centric. Since 2005, our diplomacy has taken a multi-dimensional approach, both economic and humanitarian, and is getting clear results: the large uptick in our political, commercial, security and cultural ties is proof of its effectiveness.