President Erdogan to begin 4-day Africa tour

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will embark on four-day official visit to two African countries on July 25, Anadolu Agency reported On Sunday. 

Turkish president will first attend the BRICS summit of state and government heads -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa on July 25-27 in the South African city of Johannesburg. 

Erdoğan will then go to Zambia on July 28 and meet Zambian President Edgar Lungu to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international developments. President Lungu was among the heads of states that attended President Erdoğan’s inauguration ceremony on July 9.  

The Gülen movement, a religious group Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt in 2016, is expected to be on the agenda during President Erdoğan’s visit to Zambia, as Turkish Ambassador to Zambia Şebnem İncesu on July 16 warned that Zambia was facing terrorism threat from the Gülen group. According to İncesu, the Gülen movement runs a primary, secondary and nursery school in Zambia.