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International Airline Lands In Mogadishu After 20-Yr Break

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“Today is big day for Somalia — Turkish Airlines made its first official flight to Somalia,” said Somali government official Abdisalam Mohamud, adding that top leaders welcomed the flight to “commemorate the big event.”

Several Somali airlines, including Kenya-based African Express, fly into Somalia from neighbouring nations, but Turkish Airlines’ proposed twice-weekly flights are the first commercial flights from outside the region.

“The deputy prime minister of Turkey has officially opened the operations of the international carrier,” Mohamud added.

Somalia has had no effective government since 1991 and in recent years Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab insurgents and other groups have taken an increasing hold on large parts of the country.

Security was tightened in Mogadishu ahead of the plane’s arrival, with the main roads in neighbourhoods around the airport blocked by gangs of heavily armed policemen.

“Security is a major issue in Mogadishu so that we are trying our best to assure that things go smoothly,” said Somali police commander, Colonel Mohamed Adan.

“We are very happy to see this country gradually gaining international attention, a step on the road towards development,” Adan added.

The airline’s arrival was welcomed by Mogadishu residents, who said they hoped it would make it easier for relatives in the large Somali diaspora scattered around the world to come home to visit.

“Everybody is talking about Turkish Airlines,” said Hidig Ali, a resident of Mogadishu. “This is a big deal, as it can help many people outside the country to come back and see their homeland and family.”

“Turkish Airlines will encourage other international carriers to realise they, too, can operate in Somalia. It really is a major step towards development and we are happy today with Turkey,” said Shamso Agey, another resident.

Turkish deputy premier arrives in the Somalia capital Mogadishu

In a related development, delegates headed by Turkish deputy premier, Bekir Bosdag have on Tuesday morning arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu, reporters said.

T.F.G officials and UN Ambassador, Augostine Mihiga have warmly welcomed the Turkish deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag and his entourage at Mogadishu international airport this morning as deputy information minister, Abdulahi Bile Nor told SONNA.

Deputy information minister, Mr. Abdulahi Bile Nor said that Turkish deputy premier, Bozdag Bekir were accompanied by Turkish business men and NGO members, according to.

Mr. Bekir Bosdag’s visit is main related to open a flight ceremony about Turkish Airlines that would officially begin its direct flight from Mogadishu-Somalia to Turkish city of Istanbul during this week.

The deputy premier, Bekir Bozdag would facilitate promises made by Turkish government to the Somali people such projects of repairing roads, destructed state buildings and implementing social services.


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