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Turkish President Erdogan arrives Abuja, to hold talks with President Buhari, consider, sign “about two dozen agreements”

  • Erdogan arrived from Angola after a 3-day State visit, to depart Abuja Wednesday for Togo

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja, as part of his three-nation tour of African countries.

President Erdogan arrived Abuja from Angola, where he just concluded a three-day State visit in which he signed various defence, industry, mining and agricultural agreement with the Southern African country.

At the Nnamdi Azikive International Airport (NAIA) to receive the the Turkish President were Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Musa Bello, Ambassador of Nigeria to Turkey, Ismail Yusuf Abba and Ambassador of Turkey to Nigeria, Hidayat Bayraktar.

During the visit, President Erdogan will hold an expanded bilateral talks and one-on-one meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Bukhari.

At the end of the talks, the two leaders will take part in the signing ceremony of bilateral agreements, and then speak at a joint press conference.

The President of Turkey is accompanied on the trip by his wife Emine Erdogan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Ministry of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez, Ministry of Trade Mehmet Mush, official representative of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Omer Celik, Deputy Chairman of AKP Efkan Ala, Fahrettin Altun, Head of the Public Relations Office of the Presidential Administration of Turkey, and Ibrahim Kalin, Press Secretary of the Turkish President.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, said in a statement that Erdogan is expected depart Abuja to Togo at the end of his visit.

Specifically, Shehu said that in the course of the visit, the leaders of the two countries are expected to consider about two dozen Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and they will authorise the signing of those on which there is a concurrence.

He said in addition to the bilateral discussions, Erdogan is expected to commission the Turkish Cultural Centre in Abuja while his wife, Emine, accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari is expected to commission the newly-renovated Government Secondary School in Wuse 11.

The presidential aide, who said the school was renovated by a Turkish aid organisation, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordinating Agency, TIKA, added that Nigeria considers Turkey a close partner and sees this visit as a milestone in our bilateral relations.

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