Nigeria, Tunisia to strengthen bilateral relations on trade, energy, culture
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama
Nigeria and Tunisia have signed six new bilateral agreements (MoU) on energy, trade, cultural cooperation, youth development, social affairs and consumer protection to boost and strengthen relations.
The Nigeria Charge d’ Affairs to Tunisia, Ladan Abdullahi, made this known on Wednesday at a post-Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) news conference in Abuja.
Abdullahi said that the agreements were signed after the JMC by the Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, and his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama.
He said that two countries were re-committed to renew their partnership and strengthen the long-standing political and socio-economic relations and cooperation, based on shared principles of friendship, alliance building and sovereign equality.
Abdullahi said that the two countries also agreed to strengthen their cooperation on visa waiver for diplomatic and official passport holders.
“It was also agreed that both countries would continue to pursue beneficial relations in other areas such as Maritime Transport, Air Services, Tourism, Vocational Training and Employment, Conformity in Standards of Products,” he said.
According to him, other areas of cooperation include technical cooperation, handicrafts, industrialisation and trade, capacity building, diplomatic training and defence.
Others were education and cultural exchanges, health, investment promotion, science and technology, information, communication and media and political consultations.
The envoy said that the two countries agreed on how to open up their markets to be accessed by their investors and businessmen.
He said that the two countries also agreed to cooperate in the area of security, especially on how to address the challenge of terrorism and militancy in their various regions. (NAN)