Turkish prime minister visits Niger

2013-01-08 13:52:29 GMT2013-01-08 21:52:29(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NIAMEY, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife, arrived on Tuesday afternoon in Niamey, for an official visit of 48 hours to Niger.

An official source in Niamey said that the visit is meant to reinforce cooperation between Niamey and Istanbul.

While in the Nigerien capital, Erdogan who is accompanied by a strong delegation of members of his government and close to 200 businessmen, will on Tuesday attend a Niger-Turkey economic forum and will also hold talks with the country's senior leadership, including President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The two sides will meet for a crucial joint meeting on Wednesday. The meeting will examine the prospects for bilateral cooperation between Niger and Turkey, Niger's economic prospects and reinforcement of Turkey's assistance program for Niger's development.

While his stay in Niger, the Turkish prime minister will visit the Niger-Turkey Friendship Park, the dams that were constructed by the Turkish Agency for International Cooperation (TIKA), the national reference center for fistula and the center for abandoned children.

Turkey opened its diplomatic mission in Niamey on Jan. 3, 2012, which will help to reinforce cooperation between the two countries.

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