Tunisia wants Nigeria to play pivotal role in development of Africa

The Tunisian President, Béji Caied Essebsi has called on Nigeria to play a pivotal role in the development of African continent while stressing the importance of developing a comprehensive and unified strategy to develop cooperation between African countries in all fields.

According to a statement, speaking at the weekend when he received a Nigerian delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoferry Onyeama, he said the cooperation between Africans should not be limited, but cut across according economic aspects, security aspects and ways to crack down the phenomenon of terrorism through close coordination and cooperation among all the countries of the continent.

Onyeama’s visit to the North African country is the first of such a high caliber visit from Nigeria in the last 30 years.

President Essebsi therefore asked Nigeria to play its natural pivotal role in the development of the African continent to achieve a better future for its peoples.

He also stressed the need for both countries to enhance cooperation and exchange experiences between them.

He also underscore that the importance of intensifying the exchange of visits between senior officials of the two countries.

In this regard, Essebsi renewed his invitation to President Muhammadu Buhari, who he described as his brother , to visit Tunisia at his convenience.

On his part, Nigerian Foreign Minister, who visited Tunisia at the invitation of his counterpart Khémaies Jhinaoui, expressed Nigeria’s desire to further strengthen and expand cooperation with Tunisia, especially in the economic fields, to develop trade exchanges and to benefit from the investment opportunities available in both countries.

He stressed the need to raise the cooperation between all African countries, considering that trade exchange between the African countries is still weak.

Mr.Geoffrey Onyeama also reviewed the challenges faced by Nigeria and emphasized that the priorities of the Government’s work are to fight terrorist acts of the Boko Haram terrorist group, establish a system of good governance, create jobs for young people and diversify the income sources of the Nigerian economy.

He expressed his admiration for the success of the democratic transition in Tunisia and the efforts made by the President to achieve greater stability in the country despite the challenges posed nationally and regionally.

The minister also conveyed the best wishes of President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo .

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