Africa – Turkey: Erdogan’s charm offensive across the continent

What did they say to each other, and why are they laughing so heartily? In this photo that was taken on 19 October in Lomé, Togo Erdogan – who rarely smiles in public – can be seen laughing with his Togolese host Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé and their Liberian and Burkinabe counterparts, George Weah and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Perhaps it’s an indicator of the relaxed and easy-going relationship the Turkish president has with his African counterparts.

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