Turkey receives invitation from Somalia to explore offshore oil

Turkey has said that it has been invited by Somalia to explore oil in Somalian waters from Somalia. The move follows reports that last year Turkey had signed a maritime delimitation agreement with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA).

Seismic studies have revealed that there could be significant oil and gas resources in offshore Somalia. Turkey’s President Erdogan said that “there is an offer from Somalia. They are saying: ‘There is oil in our seas. You are carrying out these operations with Libya, but you can also do them here.’ This is very important for us. “Therefore, there will be steps that we will take in our operations there.”

Turkey has been a major source of aid for Somalia since 2011