Turkey's growing influence in the Horn of Africa

The skylines of Djibouti and Mogadishu, two vibrant port cities in the Horn of Africa, are today bedecked by the minarets and domes of Turkish built Ottoman style grand mosques. Completed in the last decade, the two mosques signal Ankara’s interest in cultivating relations with East African countries and ensuring its visibility in a region where Turkey has considerably increased its profile in the last decade. Turkey distinguishes itself from Africa’s European, Chinese and American partners through its shared religious identity with the region, says Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director of the Balsillie S…

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