Egypt to boost military cooperation with Nigeria

By Adoba Echono

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Egypt and Nigeria will continue to expand military and security cooperation to address the challenges of terrorism, organised crime and spillovers from regional conflicts.

The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Nigeria, Ambassador Assem Hanafi Elseify, stated this in Abuja on the occasion of Egypt’s National.

Egypt National Day is marked on the 23rd of July of every year and this year marks the 67th anniversary of the 1952 Revolution.

Ambassador Elseify noted that relations between Nigeria and Egypt have always been excellent relations covering important fields like education and medical care.

“There is room for enhancing the Economic ties to meet sustainable development needs and aspirations of two Africa’s biggest populations and promising markets,”.

“There are several important Egyptian investments and partnerships: the Arab contractors Nigeria; Egypt Air which flies to three destinations in Nigeria, and Mansour Group which has a number of projects including Mantrac Group” Ambassador Elseify said.

The envoy who disclosed that the volume of trade between the two countries is about four hundred million dollars expressed optimism that it will increase with Nigeria signing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, AfCFTA.

Ambassador Elseify also expressed optimism of the conclusion of the legal process towards the establishment of the Nigeria Egyptian Business Council to help in expanding the promising trade and investment ties between both countries.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman said Nigeria and Egypt have signed agreements and are partnering in the areas of education, culture, science and technology.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh