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Buhari, wife, others leave for Istanbul to attend Turkey-Africa partnership summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart for Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

Shehu noted the President will be accompanied 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 (Rtd); and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

He said the Summit with the theme ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ was to among others review the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last summit in 2014.

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“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 statement read.

He also said 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.

The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.

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