Friday, November 28, 2014

The EU-Nigeria Partnership – 5 Years On

The EU-Nigeria Partnership – 5 Years On

NIGERIA and the European Union (EU) have renewed commitment through collaborate efforts to achieving credible elections, combating insurgency and forming a strong partnership in boosting bilateral trade relations between EU-Nigeria.

In a statement signed by the Minister of State II for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Muhammed and the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperative of the Republic of Italy, Mario Giro at the end of the fifth Nigeria-EU Ministerial Dialogue in Abuja yesterday, it reads:

“Today we have held a wide-ranging discussion on bilateral, regional and international issues. We have agreed on an EU Election Observation Mission; we have condemned the ongoing violence perpetrated by Boko Haram; and we have committed ourselves to continue to work together on fighting the Ebola virus in West Africa. We have agreed to deepen our relationship in a number of areas – trade and investment, migration and mobility, higher education, and research and innovation.”

“We are committed to seeing our development cooperation focusing on addressing poverty, noticeably in the north of the country where the needs are highest,” the communiqué said.

The European Union representative, Mario Giro, emphasized the importance of a strong and human rights compliant leadership in the fight against Boko Haram and in maintaining state control over the north-eastern states.


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