Jonathan Wants Closer Ties Between Africa And South America

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will continue to promote closer economic ties with South America, pledged on Thursday in Abuja.

Speaking at an audience with Venezuela’s outgoing Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Enrique Fernando Arundell, declared that Nigeria remains fully committed to developing the -South America Summit into a more productive platform for the expansion of areas of cooperation between the two continents.

Recalling his interactions with late President Hugo Chavez at the 2nd -South America Summit at Margarita, Venezuela in 2009, said that it was apparent that the late Venezuelan leader was also very committed to establishing mutually-beneficial economic relations between and South America.

Expressing the belief that President Nicholas Maduro will follow late President Chavez’s footsteps in this regard, said that Nigeria was ready to work with him and other Heads of State and Government to “maximally exploit” the potentials for mutual economic benefit inherent in closer ties between Africa and South America.

The President praised Mr. Arundell’s efforts to enhance the cordial relations between Nigeria and Venezuela.

“Thank you for the services you have rendered here. You have done wonderfully well. We will always remember you and your contributions to development in our country,” he told the outgoing Ambassador.




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