Nigeria, Saudi Arabia Strengthen Relations With Proposed Council

Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plan to stregthen relations with plan to create Nigeria-Saudi Council.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President, said this in a statement on Thursday.

The statement said President Muhammadu Buhari met Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on the latter’s invitation for the setting up of the council for promoting investments and enhancing relations between both countries.

”President Buhari and the Crown Prince agreed that the first assignment for the Council is to establish a legal and operational framework that will facilitate investments beneficial to both countries”, the statement said.
”The Council will be established in the next two months while meetings will be held twice every year.”

More so, the statement quoted the Saudi Crown Prince as saying the kingdom “is prepared to participate in the engagement and sensitisation of the whole world to the problems in sub-Saharan Africa.”

‘‘Saudi Arabia is eager to support Nigeria and we want to be a part of Nigeria’s journey to be among the top 20 economies in the world,’’ he reportedly said.

President Buhari visited Riyyad to participate in the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference.

The President is current in Mekkah for the lesser hajj, from where he will proceed to London on a private visit.

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