Nigeria welcomes Iran’s deal with world powers

…backs peaceful use of nuclear technology

President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja that under his leadership, Nigeria will continue to support the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and human development only.

Nigeria, President Buhari said, therefore welcomes this week’s agreement between Iran and the six world powers on its nuclear programme.

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

At a meeting with visiting Iranian Vice President for Executive Affairs, Mohammed Shariatmadari, President Buhari applauded the agreement, saying that it was a major step toward ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East.

The President said that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Nigeria looks forward to the faithful implementation of the terms of the agreement by all concerned parties.

President Buhari, who received an invitation from the Iranian Vice President to attend an upcoming Summit of Gas Exporting Countries in Tehran, remarked that it was in the interest of developing countries to maximize the use of their natural resources for the improvement of the living conditions of their people.

Mr. Shariatmadari congratulated President Buhari on his election and assured him of Iran’s support in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

“The government of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran advocates moderation and departure from any form of extremism,’’ Presidential Media Adviser, Femi Adesina quoted him as saying.

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