NIGERIA – ALGERIA DEEPENS DIPLOMATIC TIES, CALLS FOR STRONGER MULTILATERAL COOPERATION FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Owing to the long standing, multifaceted and strategic relations that coexist between Nigeria and Algeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged his administration commitment towards giving attention to infrastructural developmental projects in the region, to enhance stronger bilateral ties and improve multilateral cooperation.

He listed some of these projects to include trans-Sahara roads, international gas pipelines, fiber links amongst other areas of economic value.

President Buhari made this pledge when he received H.E Mr.SabriBoukadoum, a special envoy of the Algerian President and the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs at the State House in Abuja.

President Buhari while calling for peace, tranquility and security amongst African countries said that, “unless you secure your environment, you can’t manage it well. We should all secure our countries, because if we don’t, what do we then bequeath to the next generation? We can’t grow or develop in an insecured environment.”

GeofferyOnyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs in his earlier meeting with the Algerian envoy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja noted that the Nigerian and Algerian governments have a major role to play in Africa’s multilateral engagements with international organizations in critical discussions that bother on debt cancellation and availability of COVID-19 vaccine to countries in the African continent.

He also called for a robust collaboration between both governments in tackling the threat posed by terrorists in both the northern Sahel and the West Africa region which poses a major challenge to Africa development.

Onyeama further tasked the Algerian government to assent to all MoU’s both countries have established in the past to foster more partnership between the two countries and deepen their bilateral ties.

Mr.SabriBoukadoum, Algerian Foreign Minister in his address reemphasized the need for a unique and strong partnership between both countries especially in critical sectors like power, communication and renewable energy for the mutual benefit of their citizenries.

The Algerian envoy further revealed that his government was willing to give scholarships and military training to Nigerians as it hopes to be in constant consultation with the Nigerian government in curbing illegal migration and the act of terrorism in the continent.

While appreciating the impactful contribution of Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed in the UN and Africa, Mr.Sabri lauded the role of Nigeria within the international community which he said has truly exemplified the country’s foreign policy thrust of making Africa its centerpiece.

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