President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja heaped praises on Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan for opening his nation’s borders to accommodate tens of millions of refugees in dire want of humanitarian assist.
DAILY POST reviews that Erdogan arrived in Nigeria final night time.
Talking at a joint press convention on the event of the official go to of the Turkish chief to Nigeria, President Buhari mentioned his Turkish counterpart has set an instance to the remainder of the world on the right way to deal with refugees.
This was disclosed by Femi Adesina, the Particular Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday.
‘‘I commend Your Excellency on your management and generosity in receiving and accommodating 4 million refugees fleeing from battle areas, notably in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. You’ve certainly set an instance to the remainder of the world,’’ the Nigerian chief mentioned.
President Buhari described the two-day go to of President Erdogan and the First Woman, Emine Erdogan, as a mirrored image of the ‘‘strong, heat and cordial bilateral relation’’ between Nigeria and Turkey.
He famous that it was the second time he has had ‘‘the pleasure of receiving my Brother in Abuja.’’
On the accomplishments from the go to, President Buhari mentioned:
‘‘In the course of the go to, we held very helpful discussions on a variety of bilateral points, aimed toward strengthening this cordial relationship between Nigeria and Turkey.
‘‘The important thing points we touched on included a Collection of Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding that had been finalised.
‘‘As a optimistic end result, eight main Agreements/MoUs on a variety of the important thing sectors together with Vitality, Protection Trade, Mining and HydroCarbons amongst others have been signed as we speak. We’ve got agreed that implementation is to start instantly.
‘‘In the midst of our discussions, we additionally reviewed the journey ban listing based mostly on the revised COVID-19 protocols and eliminated Turkey from Nigeria’s Journey Ban Record. Turkey has certainly achieved exceptional success in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.’’
President Buhari mentioned President Erdogan’s assembly with a Joint Session of Nigeria and Turkish Chambers of Commerce and Trade earlier than departing Nigeria could be one other alternative to have interaction and alternate views on extra productive methods of pushing forward the socio-economic ties between the 2 nations.
He thanked the Turkish President and the First Woman for commissioning the Turkish Cultural Centre in Abuja in addition to opening the newly renovated Authorities Secondary College in Wuse, Abuja, undertaken by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Company (TIIKA).
In his remarks, President Erdogan careworn that Turkey was decided to enhance relations with Nigeria to ‘‘increased ranges on all fields’’.
He mentioned the commerce quantity between each nations reached $2 billion in 2020, making Nigeria the excellent and the largest buying and selling accomplice in sub-Saharan Africa.
‘‘Nonetheless, we nonetheless imagine that this stage of commerce we now have achieved is way from being enough. We hope and pray that we are going to be increasing our commerce quantity as much as $5 billion instantly.
‘‘We hope that the relations between the 2 nations might be additional developed on the idea of a win-win situation and mutual respect,’’ the President, who spoke by means of an interpreter, mentioned.
Commiserating with Nigeria on the assault in Goronyo Native Authorities Space of Sokoto State, which claimed a number of lives, the Turkish chief pledged that his nation would additional cooperate with Nigeria on counter-terrorism in addition to within the fields of navy, defence, and safety.
‘‘We’re able to share our ever-expanding capabilities with Nigeria, particularly within the area of the defence business and safety, which has been praised by all the globe.
‘‘This sensitivity that we now have showcased in combating terrorism, I hope, might be reciprocated by our Nigerian brothers, sisters, and counterparts,’’ he mentioned.
The Turkish President introduced that his nation has elevated its diplomatic presence in Africa to 43 missions, including that the third spherical of the Turkish-African enterprise discussion board might be held in Istanbul this October, whereas the third Turkish-African partnership summit will comply with in December.
President Erdogan expressed delight that many Nigerian college students are presently finding out in Turkey and benefiting from scholarships.
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