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Turkey president in Uganda, starting 2-nation African tour

  • Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, watches as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Ugandan military generals during a welcome ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Museveni was sworn in earlier in May for a fifth term taking him into his fourth decade in power, amid arrests of opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media. Erdogan is on a two-day state visit.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

    Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, watches as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Ugandan military generals during a welcome ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Museveni was sworn in earlier in May for a fifth term taking him into his fourth decade in power, amid arrests of opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media. Erdogan is on a two-day state visit.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspects Ugandan honour guard during a welcome ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni was sworn in earlier in  May for a fifth term taking him into his fourth decade in power, amid arrests of opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media. Erdogan is on a two-day state visit. (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspects Ugandan honour guard during a welcome ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni was sworn in earlier in May for a fifth term taking him into his fourth decade in power, amid arrests of opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media. Erdogan is on a two-day state visit. (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, receives a book written by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, " A Vision of Global Peace " during a ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Museveni was sworn in in May for a fifth term taking him into his fourth decade in power, amid arrests of opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media. Erdogan is on a two-day state visit.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

    Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, receives a book written by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, " A Vision of Global Peace " during a ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Museveni was sworn in in May for a fifth term taking him into his fourth decade in power, amid arrests of opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media. Erdogan is on a two-day state visit.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's President Recep Teyyep Edorgan is in Uganda to promote trade and tourism opportunities between the two countries.

Edorgan who is on a two-day visit was welcomed by Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport Tuesday night.

Ugandan officials said Edorgan and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni are holding bilateral talks on Wednesday and will sign cooperation agreements on tourism, defense, immigration and education.

Uganda is hoping to increase the number of tourists visiting the country from 1.5 million to at least 4 million in the next five years through promotion of its safaris in the East African country.

Erdogan is also scheduled to visit neighboring Kenya.