Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday departed for Algeria, the first stop of his three-nation African tour.

“We are determined to enhance ties with African countries,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul before his departure.

The Turkish president is expected to hold a joint news conference with Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune following their bilateral meeting in the capital Algiers. He will also attend Turkey-Algeria Business Forum.

“Through a joint statement to be signed by the two presidents during the visit, the Turkey-Algeria High-Level Cooperation Council will be established,” according to a statement by the Turkish Presidency.

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