Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has left the country to Istanbul, Turkey where he will be participating in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday, October 20, 2017.
The President left the country on Wednesday after presiding over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, with his cabinet members at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
President Buhari, at the invitation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , would participate in an official working visit to Ankara, the capital city, prior to the D-8 Summit.
A statement signed on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
“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.
“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.”
The D-8 Summit with the theme, “Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation”, will among other things, focus on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, trade, transport, energy and increased private sector participation among member-countries. (The Sun)