Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama on Wednesday pledged Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening trade relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Onyeama made this known in Abuja when the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, visited him.
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“We are committed to try to increase the level of trade between our two countries and of course, we also have very strong people to people ties between our two countries.
“Also, a number of Nigerians in Diaspora are living in The Netherlands and a number of Dutch living in Nigeria.
“We appreciate very much the support the Dutch government offered to Nigeria, especially in the global terrorist challenges.
“And, also your support with regards to our humanitarian challenges that risen as a result of terrorism security challenges in this country and we appreciate very much support in this area.”
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Onyeama recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari was in The Netherlands recently where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations.
He noted that the visit made it apparent that the two countries not only had excellent trade relations, both had a tradition of close economic ties.
The Nigerian minister further acknowledged the different agreements that both countries had signed, stressing that both countries would maintain and strengthen bi-national exchanges.
He said that both countries would use that as a framework and a platform to maintain constant and regular dialogue as well as improve economic, social and cultural relations between the two countries.
In his response, Blok affirmed that both countries, traditionally, had strong economic ties and a people-to-people bond.
He noted that both countries faced quite a number of common challenges, one of which is a wide scale fight against terrorism.
“So, our close cooperation is very much needed. We both have interest in regulating migration so that human traffickers and human abuse can be fought in an effective way.
“And, we appreciate the regional role that Nigeria is playing in a complicated region where you are showing your leadership,” Blok added.