Sumary of Turkey’s push into Africa has China looking over its shoulder:
- 14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Guinean President Alpha Conde at the hilltop Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul.
- One of the former residences of the last Ottoman sultan is currently used as Erdogan’s main office for the Asia side of Turkey’s largest city.
- Twenty-two days after the meeting, Conde was arrested in a military coup.
- 7, two days after the takeover, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemned the coup and indirectly accused former colonial powers for being behind the event.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, meets then-President of Guinea Alpha Conde at the Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul on Aug.
- 14. (Photo by Turkish Presidency/ Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) “In the past, the old colonial view had been to exploit African countries.
- “”Get your hands off Africa,” Cavusoglu said, before calling on the people of Guinea: “Know the ones who try to support you are those who want to use you.
- Calling Turkey “an Afro-Eurasia state,” Erdogan has used every tool in his kit to engage with African states.