Nigeria, Ethiopia to hold summit on strengthening trade, economy, political relations

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Nigeria and Ethiopia have concluded arrangements to hold a Joint Ministerial Commission summit in Addis Ababa next month to discuss various areas of bilateral relationship and exchange perspectives on a range of international issues of mutual interest.

The forthcoming summit was the focus of a visit Wednesday by Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister, and Zinash Tayachew, the Ethiopian first lady, who was hosted to a presidential lunch by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and First Lady Aisha Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

A major outcome of the visit is the desire of both countries to take concrete steps to expand bilateral relations in key areas including the economy, trade, science and technology, and solid minerals, among others, a statement from Nigerian presidency said.

Speaking to the media in Abuja at a press conference, Nigeria’s ambassador to Ethiopia Victor Adeleke, said the visit to Nigeria by the Ethiopian PM was a “very important and useful visit that will help officials from both countries to continue to network,” noting the state of relations between both countries was very warm.

“We are working together and we will soon be convening the Joint Ministerial Commission to discuss various areas of the relationship that will be beneficial to both countries,” Adeleke said.

Nigerian officials will be heading to Addis Ababa in June to discuss various areas of relationship including political, economic, science and technology, and mines and industry, the envoy disclosed.

“We have been engaging and we will continue to engage. In the private sector, Dangote has a big cement factory in Ethiopia, and Ethiopia has an expanding economy in Africa,” he noted.

According to Adeleke, the Ethiopian PM has always taken Nigeria as one of the pillars in Africa and a strong country in stabilizing democracy on the continent.

He said in the spirit of African brotherhood and seeking African solutions to African problems, Buhari and the Ethiopian PM consult from time to time, describing the visit to Nigeria on Wednesday as “an icing on the cake.” Enditem

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