The Turkish president said on Wednesday that Turkey and Nigeria had the potential to establish major economic ties.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in capital Ankara and the two officials held a joint press conference afterwards.
Prior to the press conference, representatives of Turkish and Nigerian governments signed a series of agreements on defense, tourism, higher education and mutual investments.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey attached great importance to its relations with Nigeria, adding that the two countries had strategic ties.
Describing Nigeria as one of the biggest countries in Africa both in terms of surface area and population, Gul said the trade volume between Turkey and Nigeria reached 1 billion USD.
Pointing to the great investment opportunities in Nigeria, Gul said Turkey attached importance to establishing cooperation in energy in particular.
The Turkish president also said that his Nigerian counterpart would come together with Turkish businessmen in Istanbul on Thursday, adding he hoped such gathering would
carry the economic relations between the two countries to a level further.
Nigerian citizens in Turkish jails?
Answering a question on Nigerian citizens in Turkish jails, President Gul said that he did not know if there were any Nigerians in Turkish prisons.
"If there are indeed Nigerian citizens in Turkish jails, they would be treated same as Turkish citizens. Any discrimination against Nigerian convicts should be out of question," Gul said.
Asked if Turkey could be a role model for the countries of the Middle East, President Gul said that it would not be right to make assertive statements.
"Everyone in a geography follows each other. Everyone can benefit from good things. Every individual can copy good sides of each other. These are normal," Gul also said.
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