July 25, 2024

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Few Days to End of 2021, Buhari Departs For Turkey

Barely 10 days after returning from the Dubai EXPO 2020 at the United Arab Emirates, President Muhammadu Buhari is set to depart Abuja to Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday, December 16. A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari will be attending the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit hosted by President Tayyip Erdogan. Shehu said the partnership summit comes shortly after President Erdogan’s visit to Nigeria during which there were several meetings in the areas of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons.

Noting that several agreements were signed to expand existing bilateral ties during President Erdogan’s visit, Shehu said Turkey’s president has affirmed his commitment to expanding the volume of trade between the two countries to five billion dollars. According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last summit in 2014.

Shehu noted that the summit would give the Nigerian delegation the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country. The summit is also expected to provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years. The statement added that the president would be travelling to Istanbul in the company of his wife, Aisha Buhari; the ministers of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; defence, Bashir Magashi; FCT, Mohammed Bello; health, Osagie Ehanire; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar and industry, trade and investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.Others on the trip include the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar. President Buhari is expected back to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city on December 19.