Turkey's prime minister is flying to Tripoli to attend an EU-African summit and receive a human rights award, given in the name of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government is planning to open several diplomatic missions across Africa to boost relations with African nations while seeking to become a member of the European Union. Turkey already has friendly ties with Libya and Sudan.
Erdoğan said Monday the award he will receive is a sign of international appreciation of Turkey's efforts for "peace, justice and human rights."
Erdoğan's international profile has risen lately with Muslims across the Middle East holding him up as a hero for his tough talk against Israel.