President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja heaped praises on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for opening his nation’s borders to accommodate millions of refugees in dire need of humanitarian toughen.
Talking at a joint press convention on the occasion of the agreeable consult with of the Turkish chief to Nigeria, President Buhari stated his Turkish counterpart has position an instance to the leisure of the arena on tips on how to handle refugees.
‘‘I commend Your Excellency to your leadership and generosity in receiving and accommodating 4 million refugees fleeing from war areas notably in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. It’s probably you’ll presumably well goal enjoy indeed position an instance to the leisure of the arena,’’ the Nigerian chief stated.
President Buhari described the two-day consult with of President Erdogan and the First Girl, Emine Erdogan, as a mirrored image of the ‘‘sturdy, warm and cordial bilateral relation’’ between Nigeria and Turkey.
He noted that it changed into once the 2d time he has had ‘‘the pleasure of receiving my Brother in Abuja.’’
On the accomplishments from the consult with, President Buhari stated:
‘‘All by the consult with, we held very precious discussions on a different of bilateral points, geared against strengthening this cordial relationship between Nigeria and Turkey.
‘‘The significant points we touched on integrated a Series of Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Working out that had been finalised.
‘‘As a certain , eight significant Agreements/MoUs on a different of the most important sectors including Vitality, Defense Alternate, Mining and HydroCarbons amongst others were signed nowadays. Now we enjoy agreed that implementation is to originate straight.
‘‘All by our discussions, we also reviewed the fling ban list according to the revised COVID-19 protocols and removed Turkey from Nigeria’s Commute Ban List. Turkey has indeed performed great success in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.’’
President Buhari stated President Erdogan’s assembly with a Joint Session of the Nigeria and Turkish Chambers of Commerce and Alternate, sooner than departing Nigeria, would possibly presumably well be one other different to enjoy interplay and alternate views on more productive systems of pushing forward the socio-financial ties between the two countries.
He thanked the Turkish President and the First Girl for commissioning the Turkish Cultural Centre in Abuja to boot to opening the newly renovated Govt Secondary College in Wuse, Abuja, undertaken by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Company (TIIKA).
In his remarks, President Erdogan wired that Turkey changed into once resolute to toughen family with Nigeria to ‘‘better ranges on all fields’’.
He stated the commerce quantity between both countries reached 2 billion bucks in 2020, making Nigeria the excellent and the largest shopping and selling accomplice in sub-Saharan Africa.
‘‘However, we soundless specialise in that this degree of commerce now we enjoy performed is design from being sufficient. We hope and pray that we are able to be growing our commerce quantity up to 5 billion bucks straight.
‘‘We hope that the family between the two worldwide locations will be further developed on the muse of a grab-grab scenario and mutual respect ,’’ the President, who spoke by an interpreter stated.
Commiserating with Nigeria on the assault in Goronyo Local Govt Space of Sokoto Inform, which claimed several lives, the Turkish chief pledged that his nation would further cooperate with Nigeria on counter-terrorism to boot to in the fields of protection force, defence and security.
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‘‘We’re ready to fragment our ever growing capabilities with Nigeria especially in the realm of defence industrial and security, which has been praised by your whole globe.
‘‘This sensitivity that now we enjoy showcased in struggling with terrorism, I hope will be reciprocated by our Nigerian brothers, sisters and counterparts,’’ he stated.
The Turkish President announced that his nation has elevated its diplomatic presence in Africa to 43 missions, adding that the third round of the Turkish-African industrial forum will be held in Istanbul this October while the third Turkish-African partnership summit will discover in December.
President Erdogan expressed pleasure that many Nigerian college students are for the time being finding out in Turkey and making the most of scholarships.
Particular Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 20, 2021
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