List of New, Major Bilateral Deals Signed by Buhari, Turkish Govt

List of New, Major Bilateral Deals Signed by Buhari, Turkish Govt

The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday, October 20, at Presidential Villa yielded mutual benefits which will unfold in no time.

In a press conference after the visit, President Buhari disclosed that he engaged in very critical discussions on some bilateral issues, aimed at strengthening the robust relationship between both countries.

According to Buhari, the key issues were on finalised bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU).

Buhari and Erdogan
Both countries are consolidating on their bilateral relationship (Photo: Femi Adesina)
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Some of the sectors in Nigeria that will be impacted positively by eight newly-signed deals are as follows:

  1. Energy
  2. Defense Industry
  3. Security
  4. Mining
  5. HydroCarbons

Moreover, the federal government has agreed to remove Turkey from its COVID-19 travel ban list.

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Speaking on this, President Buhari said:

‘‘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.’’

The president hailed Erdogan and the Turkish First Lady for commissioning the Turkish Cultural Centre in Abuja and for opening the newly renovated Government Secondary School in Wuse, Abuja, undertaken by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIIKA).

On his part, Erdogan said his administration will continue to work with Nigeria in the anti-terrorism battle.

He stated:

‘‘We are ready to share our ever-expanding capabilities with Nigeria especially in the field of defence industry and security, which has been praised by the entire globe.
‘‘This sensitivity that we have showcased in fighting terrorism, I hope will be reciprocated by our Nigerian brothers, sisters, and counterparts."

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Meanwhile, Buhari on Friday, May 14, put a phone call across to Erdoğan.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement sighted by that Buhari called for greater Turkish participation in the economy and the humanitarian efforts in the northeast.

He said the two leaders had fruitful discussions and expressed satisfaction with existing bilateral ties between the two countries. gathered the two leaders expressed their desire for peace and stability to reign in the world, and for an end to all ongoing conflicts as well as the coronavirus pandemic.


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