Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is currently attending the 22nd African Union Summit in Ethiopia.
A Turkish delegation headed by Minister Davutoğlu is participating in the opening of the 22nd African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The Minister participated in the opening session of the summit, where African leaders exchanged views on bilateral and regional issues. Welcomed by Burkina Faso's Foreign Affairs Minister, Cibrik Yipene Bassole, Davutoğlu also held separate meetings with Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mahmud and Ethiopian President Hailemariam Desalegn. Discussions focused on regional issues, Turkey's temporary membership on the United Nation's Security Council, and Turkish-African relations.
Turkey has been an observer at the African Union since 2005 and a strategic partner since 2008. The union, where crucial issues regarding the African continent are discussed at the highest level, is the most important international organization on the continent. Turkey closely follows African Union meetings in order to develop deeper relations in Africa and contribute to the resolution of issues facing the continent.