Gul to be first Turkish president to visit Nigeria during D-8 summit

D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an arrangement for development cooperation among Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Gul to be first Turkish president to visit Nigeria during D-8 summit

The Turkish president said on Wednesday that the D-8 summit would take place in the south of Sub-Sahara for the first time.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul underlined the importance of organization of D-8 summit in a country in the south of Sub-Sahara for the first time.

"D-8 is a group aiming at boosting economic and commercial relations, and this is a good example for cooperation within the framework of south dialogue," Gul told reporters before he flew to Nigeria to attend a D-8 summit due on July 8.

Gul is the first Turkish president ever to visit Nigeria.

D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an arrangement for development cooperation among Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

The establishment of D-8 was announced officially through the Istanbul Declaration of Summit of Heads of State/Government on June 15, 1997. Its secretariat is based in Istanbul.

The objectives of D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation are to improve member states' position in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at international level, and improve standards of living.

President Gul said he would also have the opportunity to have talks with leaders of other D-8 member states.

Gul said he would also pay a formal visit to Nigeria following the D-8 summit, and he would focus on economic issues, trade, investments, military and defense industry during his visit to Nigeria.

Economic issues, trade, investments Turkish businessmen would make in Nigeria, and joint military and defense industry projects would be the main topics he would debate with Nigerian executives.

"I will mainly debate bilateral relations with Nigerian President (Goodluck) Jonathan," Gul said.

Gul said Nigeria, with a population of 150 million, was the biggest country in Africa, and OPEC member Nigeria had giant oil and gas reserves and natural resources.

"Nigerian President and I will participate in a Turkey-Nigeria Business Forum in Abuja (capital of Nigeria)," Gul said.

Gul said Turkey and Nigeria were both members of the D-8 and Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

"Nigeria is also a member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, it represents African countries and is chairing the council since July," he said.

Gul also said he would have the opportunity to discuss some international and regional issues with Nigerian executives during his visit.


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