By Adenike Lucas
President Muhammadu Buhari will arrive in Turkey today where he will be participating in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday, October 20, 2017.
According to Femi Adeshina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, President Buhari who departed Nigeria after the weekly FEC meeting will be joined by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali.
PHOTOS FROM FEC MEETING (18 October 2017) :
The President will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an official working visit before the D8 meeting this week.
“While in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial centre, President Buhari will use the occasion of the D-8 Summit to bolster warm and growing ties across a broad range of areas of cooperation with leaders of the D8-member countries, namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.”
“In Ankara, the President will have a tete-a-tete with his Turkish counterpart while delegations from both countries will hold discussions in various fields including defence cooperation, security, educational and migration issues.
“The Nigerian leader will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman,” Mr Adeshina’s statement reads further.
“He will also affirm Nigeria’s resolve to work with D-8 member-countries on many key areas, including peace and security, economy and trade.
“At the end of the Summit, the Heads of State and Government will adopt a Communiqué, also known as the ‘Istanbul Declaration’.”