7 Crucial Takeaways from Buhari's Meeting With Turkish President

7 Crucial Takeaways from Buhari's Meeting With Turkish President

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, October 20, held a closed door meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Turkish leader who arrived on Tuesday evening, October 19, is in Nigeria on a two-day visit with his wife, First Lady Emine Erdogan.

Buhari's meets Turkish President
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey held talks with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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It was gathered that both leaders spoke at a joint press conference on the occasion of the official visit of the Turkish president.

In this piece, Legit.ng highlights seven takeaways from the president's discussions with his Turkish counterpart.

1. President Buhari lauded the Turkish president for opening his country’s borders to accommodate millions of refugees in dire need of humanitarian support.

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The Nigerian leader stated that Erdogan has set an example to the rest of the world on how to treat refugees.

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

3. Discussions were held on a number of bilateral issues, aimed at strengthening the cordial relationship between the two countries.

4. Removing Turkey from Nigeria’s travel ban list based on the revised COVID-19 protocols.

5. The Turkish leader pledged that his country would further cooperate with Nigeria on counter-terrorism as well as in the fields of military, defence and security.

6. President Erdogan announced that his country has increased its diplomatic presence in Africa to 43 missions.

7. Buhari's counterpart stressed that Turkey was determined to improve relations with Nigeria to ‘‘higher levels on all fields’’.

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He said the two leaders had fruitful discussions and expressed satisfaction with existing bilateral ties between the two countries.

Legit.ng 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.

Source: Legit.ng

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