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Title: TURKEY-AFRICA COOPERATION SUMMIT PREPARATIONS ON

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/29/2018 
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SUBJECT: TURKEY-AFRICA COOPERATION SUMMIT PREPARATIONS ON 
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REF: ANKARA 1307 
 
Classified By: DCM Doug Silliman, reasons 1.4 (b,d) 
 
¶1.  (C) MFA Deputy U/S Cevikoz updated the DCM on preparation 
for the August 18-20 Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit in 
Istanbul (reftel).  17 heads of state or government have so 
far confirmed participation and the GOT is expecting more. 
Zimbabwe has not confirmed President Mugabe's participation, 
while Sudanese President Bashir has confirmed.  Bashir, 
however, accepted before the International Criminal Court 
(ICC) prosecutor filed the case against him, and Cevikoz 
thought he might still cancel or delegate another official. 
(Turkey is neither party nor signatory to the ICC.) 
Countries not sending leaders could be represented at the FM 
level.  Outlining the program, Cevikoz said political 
directors will meet on August 18, followed by FMs.  Leaders 
will then meet, for a half day only, on the 19th, beginning 
with a PM-hosted lunch.  President Gul will chair the 
leaders' session, and then host a dinner.  A draft political 
declaration is already being translated; Turkey met with 
African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping in Ankara, July 
16-17, to finalize the document.  Information on the Africa 
Summit can be found, in English and Turkish, at 
http://africa.mfa.gov.tr. 
 
¶2.  (C) Building on its experience in Central Asia and 
Afghanistan, Turkey, said Cevikoz, has the capacity to make 
significant contributions to African development, namely in 
the fields of agriculture and irrigation, construction, 
health care, small and medium sized enterprises, and peace 
and security.  He reminded that the Turkish military, 
gendarmerie and/or police is contributing to some eight UN 
peacekeeping missions, including in the Gambia and Sierra 
Leone, and is already operating a field hospital in Darfur, 
which Turkey plans to make permanent.  The Africa Union, to 
which Turkey is an observer, has already declared Turkey a 
"strategic partner."  Turkey is aiming to hold an Africa 
summit every five years, and wants political directors to 
meet every two years to prepare for summits and review 
progress; the declaration will contain an annex charting a 
program for continued senior-level exchanges between Ankara 
and Addis Ababa. 
 
¶3.  (C) Cevikoz said the summit invitation was valid for all 
African heads of state and government, Bashir and Mugabe 
included.  Cevikoz emphasized there will be no special 
session at the summit on political issues.  Turkey only 
wishes to demonstrate how it can contribute to resolving many 
of the continent's most serious problems, which extend beyond 
conflicts in Darfur and Zimbabwe.  In particular, Turkey 
wishes to highlight the role of the Turkish International 
Development Agency (TIKA) in Africa.  TIKA's Africa budget 
has grown substantially in recent years and it has opened 
field offices in Khartoum, Addis Ababa and Dakar.  Cevikoz 
noted his efforts to secure from the government a 
substantial, five-year Turkish aid pledge for Africa, to be 
announced at the summit, which he believes will encourage 
Turkish firms to engage more actively in development projects. 
 
Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at 
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Turk ey 
 
WILSON