H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, received the Director General of IRCICA Dr. Halit Eren in audience on 13 May 2015. The meeting took place during the President’s official visit to Istanbul, which was the second part of a state visit to Turkey after the capital Ankara.
Dr. Eren briefed President Ondimba on the Centre’s activities, showing samples of the Centre’s publications. President Ondimba expressed his pleasure and said words of encouragement towards further developing cultural cooperation between Gabonese authorities and institutions and IRCICA and enhancing participation of Gabonese scholars, artists and other interested circles in events organized by the Centre. The possibility of organizing a congress on the history of Islamic civilisation in Central Africa as a joint event of Gabonese academic institutions and IRCICA was underlined.