Turkey – Senegal Relations

Political Relations Since Senegal’s independence in 1960, Senegal has opened an embassy in Ankara since August 2006, despite the limited financial opportunities, in response to our former ambassador in Dakar. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations with Senegal.

In relations between Turkey and Senegal seen a revival in recent years. Senegal sees our country as a rising country in the region and within the OIC in an effective and economical manner and wants to improve relations.

High level visits: At the President level, Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade visited the Republic of Turkey on 18-20 February 2008 as the guest of Mr. President.

The President Mr. Abdullah Gül visited Dakar on 13-14 March 2008 at the 11th OIC Presidency Summit Margin.

The President of the Republic of Turkey and Senegal President Wade held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Turkey (OIC) on 13-14 March 2008 in Dakar.

President Macky Sall held an interview with AFGM Ambassador Hulusi Kılıç at Esenboğa Airport during the transit to China on 18 February 2014.

At the prime minister level

– Mr. Prime Minister came to Dakar on 9-10 January 2013 and held talks with Senegal President, Parliament Speaker and Prime Minister.

At the level of Foreign Minister

KEK Co-President Senegal Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye visited Ankara on 9-11 April 2014 in the context of the 3rd Delegation KEK Meeting.

At a ministerial level

– A delegation headed by Senate Transport and Infrastructure Minister Thierno Alassane Sall participated in the “Eurasia Economic Summit of 16th” held in Istanbul on 10-11 April 2013.

– Senegal Finance and Economy Minister Amadou Kane made a visit to my country on 10-13 July 2013 to sign the credit agreement with Türk Eximbank so that the Dakar International Conference Centre can begin construction. Minister Kane was accepted by our Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan on July 11, 2013.

– A delegation of Commerce, Entrepreneurship and Unregistered Industry Minister Alioune Sarr, representing Senegal in the COMCEC 29th Meeting held on 18-21 November 2013 in Istanbul, attended the meeting.

-Senegal Minister of Armed Forces Augustine Tine visited our country on 24 April 2014 as part of the Commemoration Ceremony of the Gallipoli Wars.

Trade Minister Alioune Sarr attended the 30th COMCEC Meeting held in Istanbul on 25-28 November 2014.

At the level of Assistant Minister

The construction project of the International Dakar Congress Centre (CICD), which was completed in 2014, was undertaken by the Turkish construction company Summa, who built a similar centre in Equatorial Ginesi, thanks to the loan provided by Türk Eximbank. A total of 47.6 million Euro Turkish Eximbank credit was used for the construction of the Congress Centre.

For the opening of the Conference Centre, our Minister of Economy Mr. Adnan Yıldırım arrived in Dakar on 23 October 2014.

-19-21 November 2014 held in the capital of Ecuador Ginesi Malabo II. Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit Economy Minister has joined Senegal.

Consultations

Senegal Foreign Ministry Secretary General Ambassador Amadou Kebe, Senegal has been found in Ankara, Turkey for consultations on October 31, 2014.

Other

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interior Minister Efkan Ala and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal Mankeur Ndiaye, held on 9-11 April 2014 in Ankara, Joint Economic Commission is meeting took place DEIK on this occasion, TOBB and Senegal Chamber of Commerce in the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of Business Council of the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs and the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Ministry of living Senegalese Abroad done, Security Cooperation Agreement and Senegal News Cooperation Protocol between the Agency and Anadolu Agency was signed in Ankara.

Visa Exemption Agreement (VMA) for diplomatic passport holders; Defence Industry Cooperation Agreement, “Military Financial Cooperation Agreement, Protocol on the Application of the Aid for Mutual Assistance and Protocol on the Change of the Members of the Media were signed.

The Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) opened its first office in West Africa in Dakar in April 2007 after two offices opened in East Africa (Sudan and Ethiopia). Since the office was established, Dakar has been renovating and rehabilitating approximately $ 2 million for various primary, secondary and higher education institutions, social welfare institutions, hospitals and health centres, in particular Cheikh Anta Diop University, the largest higher education institution in the resident country, renewal and material aid, contributed to free health screening work for nearly 20.000 people and donated medicine. TIKA donated two ambulances to Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger through the Dakar Office. The TIKA Dakar office has provided support for over 90 projects worth US $ 5,851,661 during the period of its activity.

TİKA Vice-President of TIKA, who made a visit to Dakar, has completed the furnishing of the Women’s Support and Training Centre (CEDAF) in Dakar on 27 December 2014 and the delivery of 100 garbage containers and 2 garbage trucks to Kaolack Municipality on 28 December 2014

Consulate has been operating direct flights between Istanbul and Dakar since May 2010. These flights were first arranged three times a week as Istanbul-Nuakşot-Dakar from September 2012, and then changed to be four times a week since 31 March 2013. At present, Istanbul-Dakar direct flights have been carried out six times a week since June 2014.

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