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What we did not tell to the Turkish

At this early stage, the Turkish may perhaps be feeling there is a slow and bureaucratic system inside the new growing Somalia, caused by both internal and external factors’ influence to these challenges. The views from the public rest on spiralling their expansion in to the system itself.

by Mohamed Idle
Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Turkish may be feeling dissatisfied towards the slow-moving development of Somalia, caused by both internal and external factors. The social, economic and political development of Somalia is of concern to the Turks.

Having a leisure time at the elastic tone of the Lido beach in Mogadishu with some of my colleagues and friends, we sat at seats served with fresh fruits, lemon shakes and local Somali Kahwa, I and most of my associates favour to have the local products consumed. At the corner of my left, I bumped into an old friend whom I have known for years. His name is Omar, he is a young, passionate and enthusiastic government official who wants to take part in the rebuilding of the motherland, his love for the motherland makes this passion possible.

Coincidently, our meeting occurred few weeks after the Turkish President official visit to Somalia. Omar and I don’t get to meet often, as our busy schedules doesn’t allow it, but when we do our conversations are filled with topics about the future and the problems that face us as a nation in Somalia. I asked Omar in a light-hearted manner, ‘did you guys (the Somali government) tell Mr Erdogan what we want from them (The Turkish government)’, he responded with ‘Mr Erdogan has told us what he can do for us’. Omar argued that our slow-moving political, social and economic development did not impede on potential cooperation in terms of aid assistance.
Despite our situation, and the bureaucratic challenges that the Turkish government faces when dealing with the Somali government, the Turkish need to understand that ordinary Somalis are willing to have the Turkish as their allies for years to come. Since Somalia had gained independence in the 1960s, we have failed in securing a long lasting strategic partner. In the past, nations and transnational organisations have failed to respond to our issues. The Turkish, have offered Somalia an image of hope which should result in in-depth and strong relations between the two nations. Despite all the challenges that Somali faces, with the right assistance and candid allies, the nation has the potential to rebuild into a strong and prosperous Somalia.

Mohamed Idle
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