Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
France, China pledge military, economic cooperation to Nigeria

By News Express on 25/07/2015

Views: 2,125


The French and Chinese governments on Friday pledged to extend the level of military and economic cooperation they have with Nigeria.

The French and Chinese ambassadors to Nigeria made the pledge during separate meetings with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

The Chinese Envoy, Mr. Gu Xiaojie, told correspondents after the meeting that he was very pleased to have a meeting with the vice-president.

He said they had very wonderful and fruitful discussions and exchanged views on bilateral relations.

``This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between Nigeria and China.

``I conveyed the message of the government and people of China to work closely with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari

``Also we discussed the specific areas of cooperation between the two countries like infrastructure building, agriculture and some of the specific issues of cooperation of China and Nigeria.

The ambassador said the vice-president gave him the assurance that the new administration of Nigeria would want to continue the already good relationship between Nigeria and China.

He said both reached agreement on further development of the countries’ relationship.

He said they agreed that China and Nigeria being the biggest countries in each region had a lot to do together to make an impact on China-Nigeria relationship, China and Africa relations ``and we can make an impact and influence in the region and the developing world.’’

He said both countries also exchanged views on peace and stability of Nigeria and noted that the Chinese Government had been on the side of Nigeria.

``We support the Nigerian government and people to maintain peace and stability in the country so that the socio and economic development will be ensured,’’ he said.

The envoy offered his government’s sympathy and condolences to those who suffered during the past couple of weeks from terrorist attacks in some parts of Nigeria.

Similarly, the French Ambassador, Mr. Gaver Denya, said he came mainly to discuss how to develop bilateral relations between France and Nigeria.

He said the relationship had developed positively in security and political cooperation and in the economic field.

According to him, this has been more pronounced since the visit of President Francois Hollande to Nigeria in January 2014 and the regional summit organised in Paris in May 2014 for countries involved in the fight against Boko Haram.

``France has encouraged Nigeria and the neighbouring countries to cooperate and collaborate with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

``We have also developed close relationship with the Nigerian armed forces providing them with intelligence and military cooperation.

``We are willing to continue closely this cooperation and to extend it, especially the military cooperation, because we consider it absolutely fundamental in defeating Boko Haram threat for Nigeria and the whole region.

In the field of economy, the envoy said Nigeria was the first trading partner for France in Africa.

``We have quite important French presence in Nigeria and are trying to encourage more French companies to come into Nigeria to engage in long economic partnership with Nigerian private sector.

``We buy Nigeria’s crude oil and the trade balance is in favour of Nigeria,’’ he added.

The ambassador said the French Development Agency in Nigeria was willing to finance infrastructure projects in Nigeria, while his country had more plans to organise many visits of French business organisations to Nigeria.

``We have bright prospects to forge ahead in our relationships and we have to build on that and multiply the bilateral visits in the coming period,’’ he said. (NAN)

*Photo shows President Francois Hollande

 

Source News Express

Posted 25/07/2015 03:10:35 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Shell boosts FG’s revenue with $4.32 billion in...

INEC to deploy 23,000 ad-hoc staff for Anambra...

Akwa United shock Lobi Stars to clinch 2015...

Buhari likely to send Alamieyeseigha back to UK...

Sultan, Muslim leaders dazed by Borno killings •JNI...

RIGHTSView, By EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO: Cleaning PDP’ or Nigerians’...

Senate threatens to withhold MDAs’ budget over audited...

Chaos, panic, anger worldwide over Trump’s sweeping ban...

El-Rufai laments renewed Kaduna attacks, says attackers won’t...

Suicide bomber kills 19 at Borno motor park...

Abia State Govt. releases list of ​16 major...

Imo APC spokesperson resigns, says party a cult...

 

Latest News Terror attacks imminent in Nigeria — UK •Warns citizens to avoid 24 states Catholic bishop to Buhari: Hunger, insecurity reign; quit if you can’t cope Kidnapping: OPC issues 7-day ultimatum to herdsmen Amnesty Programme empowers 2,190, trains 800 Kano elders tell Ganduje to reverse new emirate law 27,000 killed in North-East Nigeria attacks since 2009, says UN Insufficient commitment by troops on frontlines affects Army operations — Buratai AbdulRazaq suspends Kwara LG councils for six months NCAA begins demolition of 8,805 telecom masts 2,000 Nigerian women die annually of unsafe abortion ― Gynaecologist Woman, 67, charged with hacking bank account, stealing N16m EFCC secures forfeiture of N60m cash traced to Ex-SSG

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (494,777 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (425,661 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (365,518 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (312,131 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (276,412 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (244,100 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (234,108 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (215,990 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (213,051 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (204,568 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (184,629 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (183,943 views)

 

NNPC Financial reports February 2019

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (94) Business & Economy (4,315) Business Verdict (73) Columnists (1,051) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (209) Entertainment (624) Features (762) Global Business Monitor (379) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,602) Interview (184) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (162) Maggie's Blog (305) News (47,499) Opinion (1,260) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,034) Religion (1,024) Sports (2,045) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera