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The Nigerian Army and its Turkish counterpart have pledged to strengthen Defence relations to tackle terrorism.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said that both countries made this pledge when the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Hidaye Bayraktar paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Ambassador Bayraktar said the purpose of the visit was to improve upon the existing relationship between the two countries and assist Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

The Ambassador further averred that like Nigeria, Turkey had equally been confronted with challenges of insecurity, pointing out that the Defence Corporations of both countries have to come into mutual agreement in order to curtail the activities of terrorists in both countries.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), described the visit as an opportunity to further enhance the existing cordial relationship between both countries, particularly the Land Forces of Turkey.

He disclosed that during his recent tour of Turkey, he paid a visit to the Turkish Defence Corporation, describing it as a very insightful tour.

Gen Yahaya further said that the relationship between the two countries will shore up the fighting capabilities of the armies of both countries through sharing of intelligence and operational experience.


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