Nigeria, India to strengthen bilateral ties

Zubairu Mohammed, Abuja

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India says it is ready to strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria  in the areas of Trade and investments, Security, Education, Aviation and medical tourism for the benefit of both countries.

The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur, stated this, during the celebration of the Indian 70th year Republic Day and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Nigeria/India diplomatic relations, organized by the Commission in Abuja, the Nigeria’s capital.

India is Nigeria’s largest trading partner, and Nigeria is Indian largest partner in Africa, the two countries bilateral trade turnover grew by 18.1% in 2018-19 amounting to 13.9 billion US Dollar and has so far grown by 7.05% in the first 8 months of  2019-20.

Nigeria has been the third largest supplier of crude oil and second largest supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (NLG) to India in the year 2019-20.” High Commissioner, Abhay Thakur, stated.

India and Nigeria signed the revised Air Services Agreement in 2019 hoping that direct flights between India and Nigeria can commence this year.

India deeply values Nigeria’s steadfast support to India at multilateral fora. India stands together with Nigeria in its fight against terrorism, last year the first ever military exercise between India and Africa to counter terrorism was held and Indian and Nigerian defense research establishments are developing a long range of improvised explosive device IED jointly to counter terrorism and other security challenges in Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea region.” The High Commissioner explained

The Nigerian State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador  Zubairu Dada, reiterated Nigerias commitment to boost diplomatic relations with India for the mutual benefits of the two countries.He said:

As Nigeria and India celebrate their 60th year of the establishment of the diplomatic relations and India celebrating its 70th years anniversary of its National Day, Nigeria is committed to consolidating on the existing of mutual trust on deepening cooperation in various fields.

Nigeria is ready to cooperate in the concluding of all of our standing Memorandum of Understanding MOUs Agreement in order to further strengthen our robust bilateral relations for the mutual benefits of our two countries and their people.

Nigeria and India enjoy healthy relationship and progression in wide areas which include trade and investment, culture, education, healthcare, agriculture, capacity building, energy, infrastructures, Defense, Information and Communication Technology ICT among others.”

India and Nigeria have been enjoying diplomatic relations since November 1958.

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