Somalia says Erdogan's visit 'postponed'

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Friday confirmed that Turkish President Recep Erdogan had postponed his official visit to the Horn of Africa country

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Friday confirmed that Turkish President Recep Erdogan had postponed his official visit to the Horn of Africa country

NAIROBI – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Friday confirmed that Turkish President Recep Erdogan had postponed his official visit to the Horn of Africa country.

"President Mohamud has confirmed that the visit of President Erdogan has been postponed. This is due to the death of Kin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia," presidential spokesman Daud Aweis told The Anadolu Agency.

Erdogan was scheduled to arrive in Mogadishu on Friday from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

According to the office of the Somali President, Erdogan's visit has not been cancelled but postponed.

After attending the burial of the Saudi King, Erdogan is expected to visit Djibouti on Saturday before heading to Somalia on Sunday.

Saudi King Abdullah passed away early Friday at the age of 91.

''I extend my sincere condolences to the Muslim world for this loss," President Mohamud said in a statement.

"King Abdullah was a friend and a hero to all Somali people. Somalia will never forget his support to our people and country during the hard times we went through," he added.

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