Turkey's prime minister reiterates support for peace and democracy in Africa

Iran Materials 30 January 2007 12:19 (UTC +04:00)

(www.cihannews.com) - "Turkey wants to support peace, democracy, development and prosperity efforts in African countries," said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the speech he delivered at the Eight African Union Summit.

Erdogan addressed 53 heads of states and governments participating in the summit, which is currently held in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Turkish premier praised the efforts exerted by the African Union so far and said he hoped the conflicts, epidemics and catastrophes on the continent would be put to an end soon, reports Trend.

Commenting on the most important issues on the union's agenda, Somalia and Darfur, Erdogan said that it was a task of humanity for everyone to end the conflicts in the area.

Erdogan reminded the present that Turkey had declared 2005 as the "Year of Africa" and that his country looked forward to boosting relations with the countries of the continent.

Following his address at the summit Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of the International Year of African Football.