POST COVID-19: NIGERIA-ITALY RENEWS DIPLOMATIC & ECONOMIC RELATIONS

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R-L: Italian President, Sergio Mattarella & Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Amb. Mfawa Abam

As Diplomatic relations among nations of the world continue to receive boost post COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria and Italy have indicated a renewed strategic diplomatic and economic rela-tions between them.

Italian President, Sergio Mattarella,  who made this known when he received the letter of credence from Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Amb. MfawaOminiAbam, also expressed the need for the improvement on the existing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Attesting to the good behaviour of Nigerians as law abiding people, the President expressed optimism on the arrival of Amb. Abam at a time when Italy has decided to go into aggressive investment in Nigeria. As such, he expressed the country’s readiness to increase economic cooperation with Nigeria such as training of college students, construction, oil and gas and security.

The President also promised to improve collaborations with Nigeria in the area of security training to fight terrorism internationally. He said the issue of the Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) which has become outdated due to lack of implementation would be looked into so as to give room for direct flights between the two countries.

Conveying the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari to his Italian counterpart, Amb. Abam, said Nigeria will continue to play her role as the largest economy in Africa with Italy.

He said, “I have the distinct honour to extend to Your Excellency and the good and friendly people of Italy, the fraternal greetings and goodwill of your friend and brother, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As the giant of Africa, Nigeria will never relent in its quest to ensure peace in Africa, contribute to the United Nations peace keeping activities and work with Italy in protecting and promoting sustainable peace”.

As a progressive step to bolster diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Italy, the Ambassador said a Bi-National Commission that will ensure constant bilateral meetings of officials of the two nations should be put in place.

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