Buhari, His Wife And 7 Ministers Leave Abuja For Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit In Istanbul
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja later today, December 16, for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, which will be hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The President will be followed on the trip by his wife, Aisha Buhari; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rt
The summit’s theme is “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity,” and it will include a review of African-Turkish collaboration since the last summit in 2014.
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The Summit is scheduled to establish principles and direction for the next five years of collaboration with African countries.
The statement reads;
“The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State Visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.
“The Turkish leader had, during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars and the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.
“It is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.”