State Visit: Nigeria-Turkey Sign Eight Agreements

 Timothy Choji, Abuja


Nigeria and Turkey have signed eight agreements in key sectors including Energy, Defense Industry, and Mining among others.

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this at a joint press conference with visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


According to President Buhari: ‘‘As a positive outcome, eight major Agreements/MoUs on a number of the key sectors including Energy, Defense Industry, Mining and HydroCarbons among others were signed today. We have agreed that implementation is to commence immediately.

 ‘‘In the course of our discussions, we also reviewed the travel ban list based on the revised COVID-19 protocols and removed Turkey from Nigeria’s Travel Ban List.  Turkey has indeed achieved remarkable success in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.’’

He praised the Turkish President for opening his country’s borders to accommodate millions of refugees in dire need of humanitarian support.

President Buhari said his Turkish counterpart has set an example to the rest of the world on how to treat refugees.

‘‘I commend Your Excellency for your leadership and generosity in receiving and accommodating 4 million refugees fleeing from conflict areas  particularly in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. You have indeed set an example to the rest of the world,’’ the Nigerian leader said.

President Buhari described the two-day visit of President Erdogan and the First Lady, Emine Erdogan, as a reflection of the ‘‘robust, warm and cordial bilateral relation’’ between Nigeria and Turkey.

He noted that it was the second time he has had ‘‘the pleasure of receiving my Brother in Abuja.’’


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