Turkey’s President Erdogan congratulates Buhari on Recovery, invites him to D-8 Summit

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his quick recovery.

This is contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, issued in Abuja on Saturday.

The presidential aide said the Turkish leader also exchanged Eid greetings with President Buhari.

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According to Shehu, both leaders wished each other good health and success in their endeavours and extended their greetings and good wishes to the citizens of their friendly countries.

He added that the two leaders also discussed at length, the forthcoming 9th Summit of D-8Organisation for Economic Cooperation also known as Developing-8, at the end of October in Istanbul.

“Erdogan extended an invitation to President Buhari for his participation. President Buhari expressed his gratitude for the good wishes,’’ he added.

President Buhari has received similar felicitations from prominent personalities and leaders across the world following his return to Nigeria on August 19 after a successful medical vacation in London.

D-8 is an organisation for development co-operation among  major Muslim developing countries including  Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

The idea was suggested by Professor Necmettin Erbakan, the then Prime Minister of Turkey, during a Seminar on “Cooperation in Development” which was held in Istanbul in October 1996.

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

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,” its website says.

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