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Updated Feb 3, 2020

On the final leg of his most recent diplomatic trip to Africa, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Dakar, Senegal, on January 28, where he signed a series of agreements with his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, with the stated desire of building trade relations between the two countries worth US$1 billion in the next few years. Among the documents signed was a memorandum of intent related to the construction of a cultural center by Turkey’s Yunus Emre Institute, a memorandum of cooperation regarding each country’s respective diaspora, and a cooperative protocol between the two countries’ state archives.

During Erdoğan’s visit it was announced that a Turkish construction firm, Summa, had landed the contract to build the new 50,000-capacity Diamniadio Olympic Stadium, which will be the main stadium for Senegal’s staging of the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics. Construction will start right away and the project is expected to be completed within 17 months.

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