The Democratic Republic of Congo has taken delivery of military weapons and equipment from Turkey to bolster its defense capabilities.
The delivery came just three months after the African nation was freed to purchase and receive weapon systems from the global market.
Ankara’s donation arrived in North Kivu province earlier this month amid the ongoing conflict between the Congolese Army and several rebel groups, according to The East African.
The new weapons and equipment are expected to aid Congo’s efforts to eliminate militant groups that routinely launch attacks on civilians and military assets.
Without providing specific details about the content of the arms package, Lieutenant-General Constant Ndima of North Kivu said that the Turkish donation would strengthen the Congolese Army’s frontline units.
Turkey’s delivery to DR Congo is part of its continuing efforts to strengthen ties with African countries.
It has reportedly increased its number of embassies in the region from 19 in 2010 to 44 in 2022.
Apart from security and military cooperation, Ankara wants to deepen trade, investment, and cultural projects with sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2021, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed arms sales during a major gathering of the continent’s leaders in Istanbul.
Countries like Angola had expressed interest in buying Turkish-made drones and other defense systems.