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Turkey's Erdogan holds meeting with Tanzanian leaders

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference after his meeting with Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 23, 2017. The Turkish leader is in his first stop of his three-country visit to boost Turkish-African relations. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference after his meeting with Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 23, 2017. The Turkish leader is in his first stop of his three-country visit to boost Turkish-African relations. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with his host Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, right, at State House in commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 23, 2017. The Turkish leader is in his first stop of his three-country visit to boost Turkish-African relations. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

    Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with his host Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, right, at State House in commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 23, 2017. The Turkish leader is in his first stop of his three-country visit to boost Turkish-African relations. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center left, and his host Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, center right, leave the State House after their meeting in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 23, 2017. The Turkish leader is in his first stop of his three-country visit to boost Turkish-African relations. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center left, and his host Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, center right, leave the State House after their meeting in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 23, 2017. The Turkish leader is in his first stop of his three-country visit to boost Turkish-African relations. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting with Tanzania's leaders on the first leg of his tour of Africa during which he is expected to push for the closure or takeover of schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan and Tanzanian President John Magufuli met Monday in the city of Dar es Salaam.

The Tanzanian government said the two presidents would sign agreements in seven areas of cooperation.

Before the trip, Erdogan said he planned to talk to African leaders about the "intense activities" of the Gulen movement on the continent. Turkey accused Gulen of leading a failed coup attempt last year.

In Tanzania, 11 schools in the Feza system inspired by Gulen have 3,000 students, just over half of them Muslim.

Erdogan will also visit Mozambique and Madagascar.