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Turkish president lands in Mozambique for talks

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and his wife Emine are saluted by the military honor guard after their arrival for an official visit in Maputo, Mozambique, late Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Erdogan on Monday talked about trade and security on the first stop of on African tour, urging Tanzania's leader John Magufuli to shut institutions linked to a Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of leading a failed coup. ( Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and his wife Emine are saluted by the military honor guard after their arrival for an official visit in Maputo, Mozambique, late Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Erdogan on Monday talked about trade and security on the first stop of on African tour, urging Tanzania's leader John Magufuli to shut institutions linked to a Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of leading a failed coup. ( Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi inspect military honour guard in Maputo, Mozambique, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Erdogan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on schools and other institutions linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup attempt in Turkey last year.( Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi inspect military honour guard in Maputo, Mozambique, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Erdogan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on schools and other institutions linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup attempt in Turkey last year.( Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi shake hands during a ceremony in Maputo, Mozambique, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Erdogan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on schools and other institutions linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup attempt in Turkey last year.( Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi shake hands during a ceremony in Maputo, Mozambique, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Erdogan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on schools and other institutions linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup attempt in Turkey last year.( Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on institutions linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup attempt last year.

Erdogan arrived in the Mozambican capital of Maputo from Tanzania. He also plans to visit Madagascar before returning to Turkey on Wednesday.

The trip is part of Turkey's effort to develop relationships in Africa. Turkish Airlines, for example, opened a route between Istanbul and Maputo in 2015.

The Turkish government seeks the closure or takeover of international institutions inspired by Gulen, a U.S.-based critic of Erdogan who has denied involvement in the botched military uprising in Turkey in July.