Nigerian Air Force Affirms Willingness To Partner With Turkish Armed Forces
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has affirmed its willingness to partner with the Turkish Armed Forces to enhance capacity building for its personnel and promote mutually beneficial collaboration between the militaries of both countries. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar disclosed this during the visit of the new Defence Attachee (DA), Republic of Turkey, Group Captain Murat Selcuklu at NAF Headquarters on 14 November 2017. According to the CAS, there are several potential areas of cooperation between Nigeria and Turkey thus accounting for the opening of a Defence Section in Ankara. He congratulated Group Captain Selcuklu for being the first military attaché to be posted to Nigeria.
Earlier, the Defence Attache had stated that he was delighted to be in Nigeria to improve the relationship between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and those of Turkey. He called on the NAF to send a team to visit Turkey to see the capabilities of the country and discover more areas of collaboration. It would be recalled that President Buhari of Nigeria and President Erdogan of Turkey recently agreed to strengthen relations in the area of security and particularly, the fight against terrorism, amongst other issues. The agreement was reached during President Buhari’s meeting with the Turkish President in Ankara ahead of a meeting of “Developing Eight” countries, simply known as D-8 countries.
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