French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to deepen diplomatic relations with Nigeria, particularly in dealing with regional and security issues.
This is contained in a statement released on Saturday by the French Embassy in Nigeria on Mr. Macron’s message of goodwill to President Muhammadu Buhari, in commemoration of the celebration of the 61st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
The press release quoted Mr. Macron for reaffirming his personal commitment to relations between France and Nigeria leading to economic and demographic power.
“I firmly believe that it is in the mutual interest of our two countries to strengthen this relationship on all fronts.
“Since my visit in July 2018, the ties between our two countries have continued to strengthen, especially in the economic field.
“I was happy to welcome you to Paris on May 18, on the occasion of your participation in the Summit on the financing of African economies.
“The creation of the Franco-Nigerian Business Council, which met last June at the Palace of Versailles, will, we hope, allow the birth of many structuring projects between French and Nigerian companies.
He praised the increase in the number of Nigerian students in France to further contribute to deepening ties between the two countries.
He also assured that more would be done by the two countries to achieve the desired goals.
“The number of Nigerian students present in France has been increasing at a sustained rate for three years.
“I am delighted that they can contribute to the growth of Nigeria and the development of the ties between our two countries.
“The few days of young Nigerian artists, entrepreneurs and creators at the Nouveau Sommet Afrique-France, in Montpellier, will make it possible to intensify exchanges between French and Nigerian civil society.
“We can do even more together, because France and Nigeria share many common interests, both on regional and security issues as well as on global issues.
“I therefore hope that our countries will intensify their exchanges on all these subjects”, declared Mr. Macron.
He expressed his best wishes to President Buhari and Nigerians on the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of independence.
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