Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Zambia on Saturday on an official visit.
According to a statement released by the Turkish presidency last evening, Erdo?an will travel to Lusaka after he attends the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 25-27 upon invitation.
As part of his visit to Zambia, President Erdo?an will exchange views on all aspects of relations between the two countries and on regional and international developments with President Edgar Lungu during one-to-one and inter-delegation talks.
This visit is also of historical significance as it is Turkey’s first official visit to this country at the presidential level.
It is anticipated that President Erdo?an’s visit will enable the relations between Turkey and Zambia to further develop and diversify.
President Erdogan will be accompanied by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak.
President Erdogan has made it a foreign policy priority to establish new ties with emerging economies in Africa.
He has visited 20 African countries since he was elected President in 2014.
President Erdo?an is widely seen as a dictator after he declared himself the winner of a nationwide referendum in 2017 that all but brought Turkish democracy to an end.
The referendum granted him vast new powers over the judiciary, broad powers to make law by decree, the abolition of the office of the Prime Minister and of Turkey’s parliamentary system.