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Erdogan kicks off African tour with creative history lesson

As Turkey’s relations with the West continue to sour, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is off to try his luck in Africa.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has become a leader nobody in the West is eager to host, has decided to steer toward countries with leaders he thinks might understand him: Uganda, Kenya and Somalia.

His government is trying to increase its foreign policy options and find new openings after upsetting all its neighbors with interventionist and aggressive policies. Of course, there is also an economic dimension to Turkey’s interest. As China, the United States and Iran are active in Africa, Turkey also thinks there are serious economic opportunities on that continent.

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