ANKARA (AA) –
The Turkish president on Sunday expressed his country’s wish to see a “stable, prosperous and secure Mali”.
During a telephone interview with the interim president of Mali, Assimi Goïta, Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s long-standing support for the “brotherly people of Mali”, according to a statement released by the Turkish Presidency on Sunday.
Erdogan also stressed the importance of restoring constitutional order in the country, as soon as possible, the statement noted.
Also expressing Turkey’s willingness to strengthen bilateral relations and deepen cooperation in various fields, including defense, the Turkish president said his country is ready to share its expertise with Mali in the fight against terrorism.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Malian political crisis, arrived in Bamako on Sunday as part of the follow-up to the management of the transition .
* Translated from English by Ümit Dönmez
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