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Nigeria welcomes Turkey president with official ceremony

October 20, 2021 at 1:24 pm

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (R) following an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Abuja, Nigeria on October 20, 2021 [TUR Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was today welcomed by his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari with an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace in the capital Abuja.

Erdogan was accompanied by first lady Emine Erdogan and top Turkish officials including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Trade Minister Mehmet Mus, Justice and Development (AK) Party spokesman Omer Celik, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

The visit comes as part of the president’s four-day tour of three African countries; Angola, Togo, and Nigeria, which began on Sunday. It is hoped it will set the ground for new cooperation opportunities in Africa.

The West African country of Nigeria boasts Africa’s biggest economy, with a gross domestic product of some $500 billion, according to estimates.

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