In a press conference held in Mogadisho, Turkish envoy to Somalia Olgan Bekar stated his government sees Somalia as a single country.
By Gulaid Dalha
Mogadisho (Somali Commentator)- The Turkish Embassy in Somalia has strongly denied recognizing Somaliland passport as an official travel document. Talking to the press, the Turkish envoy to Somalia Ambassador Bekar has dismissed reports that Turkey has already recognized the Passport of Somaliland citizens. In a press conference held in Mogadisho, Turkish envoy to Somalia Olgan Bekar stated his government sees Somalia as a single country. This follows amid pressure regarding the closure of Nile School which has been linked to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen following a coup attempt. “Turkish Embassy has not recognized Somaliland passport as an official travel document; we are working on a united Somalia. We believe that Somaliland and Somalia belong to one nation,” said Turkish Envoy to Somalia, Bekar. Answering a question posed by a journalist, Ambassador Bekar said, “We need for Somalis to remain united. Turkish Consulate General in Hargeisa only issues visas with papers. It is not their role to recognize Somaliland’s passport as an official travel document.”
Turkish government stepped up pressure on many Muslim countries over Gulen education centers after factions within the military tried to seize power on July 15. The federal government had already expelled Nile Academy staff from the country at Turkey’s request. Nevertheless, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somaliland Dr Saad Ali Shire on July 21 stated that his government will not dismiss Nile School from Somaliland unless indicted by courts.