STRONGER DIPLOMACY WILL BOLSTER DIVERSIFICATION OF ECONOMY – PRESIDENT BUHARI
A stronger diplomatic tie with Hellenic Republic and Republic of Cuba has been described by President Muhammadu Buhari as one of the needed impetus that would bolster Nigeria’s ongoing effort to diversify the economy, improve global competitiveness and re position the country to play more leading roles.
This statement was made by the president on Tuesday when he received Letters of Credence from Ambassador of Hellenic Republic to Nigeria, Monsieur Loannis Plotas and Ambassador Clara Margarita Pulido Escandell of Cuban at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In his remarks, Plotas said business ties between Nigeria and Hellenic Republic, had been long, particularly the flour mills that have employed about 50, 000 Nigerians and added that while Nigeria celebrates its 60th anniversary this year his country Greece will also be celebrating its 200 years anniversary this year.
Similarly, President Buhari told the Cuban Ambassador that the cultural similarities between both countries should serve as impetus for working together, especially on trade, medicine and engineering and also assured that the long-standing bilateral relations between the two countries would be strengthened.
Ambassador Clara Margarita Pulido Escandell of Cuban in her own remarks, said she is proud to serve in Nigeria and added that the history of Cuba is incomplete without Nigeria and Nigerians recalling that some of the slaves brought into Cuba were Nigerians, and had played great roles in the development of the country.
President Buhari who also received the letter of credence from the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Edu Ngua Mangue, assurance that after his meeting with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Nigeria will take measures to secure the Gulf of Guinea.
The Equatorial Guinea Ambassador made it known in his remarks that the persistent insecurity at the Gulf of Guinea have informed the call by President Mbasogo for a joint effort to tackle the challenge.
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