President Jonathan seeks more intra-African trade

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged African nations to make a greater effort to boost formal economic and trade relations among them.
SavidNews gathers that President Jonathan made the call on Thursday at an audience with the new Ugandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Kagimu Kiwanuka, at the Presidential Villa in the capital city of Abuja.

He told Mr. Kiwanuka that Nigeria was committed to making trade among African nations easier and less cumbersome, and would work with Uganda and other members of the African Union to achieve this objective.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan has charged Saudi Arabia’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Fuad Bin Adul-Aziz Rajih, to do everything possible to ease and facilitate the annual participation of Nigerian pilgrims in the Hajj.

Speaking at an audience with Mr. Rajih, after receiving his letters of credence, President Jonathan urged him to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to reduce or completely remove hitches and “grey areas” that hinder the airlifting of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

President Jonathan said Nigerians are a very religious people who take their religious obligations seriously, and urged the new Ambassador that his administration would greatly appreciate his cooperation and support in making the participation of Nigerian Muslims in the Hajj easier and free of hindrances.

The President also told the Ambassador that Nigeria would welcome greater economic relations with Saudi Arabia, and urged him to also focus on expanding areas of economic cooperation between the two countries during his tenure.

He also received the new Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mr. Jong Yong Chol, and assured him of the Nigerian Government’s support and cooperation during his tenure in Abuja.

President Jonathan later received the outgoing Ambassador of Kuwait, Mr. Saad Al-Asousi, whom he praised for his efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and Kuwait in the past four years.

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