Erdogan’s visit to Chad is the second stop

N’DJAMENA, Chad In a joint declaration and talks between Turkish and Chadian leaders and their delegations, the two countries spoke in unison on a host of international issues  and terrorism — and the will for closer relations.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his host, Chadian President Idriss Deby, held private talks followed by the delegations’ meeting.

Idriss expressed his pleasure at the historic visit, the first-ever by a Turkish president to the Central African nation, while both presidents unconditionally condemned terrorism and jointly vowed to fight terrorism,

In meetings, Chadian officials expressed expectation that Turkish firms will take part in the construction of two major projects — an airport and a bridge — as well as oil research and management in the country.

During their meetings, the two countries’ delegations touched on bilateral cooperation and important regional and international issues.

They also called on for a just, lasting, and comprehensive peaceful solution for Jerusalem, on the basis of a two-state vision.

They also expressed deep concern over the current Mideast tensions and urged the parties to act with moderation as the crisis there is a serious threat to global security.

During the visit, the two countries signed pacts on avoiding double taxation as well as cooperation in youth and sports, technical and development cooperation, mutually encouraging and protecting investments, cooperation in information technology, and cooperation on hydrocarbons, minerals, mines, and energy.

The declaration also said Chad’s president has been invited to pay an official visit to Turkey at a date to be settled later.

Erdogan’s visit to Chad is the second stop on his three-nation African tour, starting with Sudan and ending with Tunisia.

Erdogan is being accompanied by a large delegation, including Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, National Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Agriculture Minister Ahmet Esref Fakibaba, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli and some 150 Turkish businesspeople