ANKARA

Turkey is proud to have contributed to African countries in their fight against the novel coronavirus with Turkish-made respirators, masks and overalls, the country’s president said on Thursday.

“The peoples of Africa were unfortunately left to their fate in the face of the virus while Western developed countries were engaged in mask wars,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during the Turkey-Africa Business Forum organized by Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK).

Erdogan underlined that the Turkey-Africa Health Partners Platform could facilitate comprehensive and permanent cooperation between the two sides.

“The essence of our relations with Africa is sincerity, brotherhood and solidarity,” he said, adding that Turkey has never held short-term interests towards the continent.

Ankara does not approve designs to sustain the colonial practices of the past through new methods, he asserted, adding that as a country that has never partaken in colonialism, Turkey refuses to approach the continent in an arrogant or bossy way.

He underlined that Turkey did not see African countries as only markets for Turkish products, but rather sought win-win cooperation.

“We would like to win together, to succeed together, to walk together [with Africa].”

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