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Terrorists who tried to topple my govt in Nigeria – Turkey PM

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…Projects Nigeria, Turkey trade to expand by $5b

PRIME Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that elements of Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) who he blamed for the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt against his government are still active in Nigeria.

  Erdogan stated this in a joint press conference he held with President Muhammadu Buhari as part of activities in his official visit to the country.

  Speaking in his native Turkish and interpreted by one of the officials on his entourage, Erdogan asked Nigeria to join his country in forging solidarity in the fight against terrorism in the two countries as one of the oldest allies of Turkey in Africa, having seen 60 years of diplomatic ties.

  “Distinguished members of the press, as Turkey, we have been closely monitoring the developments unfolding in Nigeria, our brotherly and friendly nation.

  “The terrorist organisations, the armed gangs and the marine bandits are continuously active in Nigeria and the Nigerian authorities are continuously fighting against them. So, in order to cooperate further in the fields of military, defense, and security, we are doing everything that will be available…. As we’re probably aware of the fact that Turkey has been fighting against terrorist organisations such as PKK, PYD, FETO, DASH, the perpetrator of the heinous failed coup of July, the 15th, FETO, is still illegally active in Nigeria, and we are continuously sharing our intelligence with the Nigerian interlocutors and authorities. I hope and pray that our Nigerian brothers will forge a closer solidarity in this field with us, the Republic of Turkey. I hope and pray that our visit will yield the most auspicious results and I would like to thank my distinguished brother, President Buhari, for being such a gracious host for me and for my delegation,” he said.

  Similarly, President Erdogan says trade volume between Nigeria and Turkey will expand by $5 billion after his visit.

  Expressing hope that the relations between the two nations would be further developed on the basis of a win-win situation and mutual respect, Erdogan said that Turkey is ready to partner with Nigeria in tackling its security challenges.

  “We hope and pray that we will be expanding our trade volume up to 5 billion dollars immediately. We hope and pray that the relations between the two nations would be further developed on the basis of a win-win situation and in the basis of mutual respect. As Turkey, we have been closely monitoring the development in Nigeria in our brotherly and friendly nation,” he said.

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