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6 000 Nigerians got visas to Indonesia

09 April 2014, 21:13

Lagos - The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Sudirman Haseng, said on Wednesday that no fewer than 6 000 Nigerians got visas to travel to Indonesia in the last three years.

The ambassador attributed the development to lack of understanding between citizens of the two countries and negative western media reports about unfounded situations in Nigeria and Indonesia.

"Every year, we issue 2 000 visas to Nigerians. So, in the last three years, about 6 000 Nigerians have been issued visas to visit Indonesia.

"We must say that this number is very small, when compared to visas issued to Nigerians by other countries,” he said.

Sudirman said that the Indonesian government was worried at the low number of Nigerians visiting its country, and was working hard at encouraging more Nigerians to visit.

The envoy, however, said that the two governments were working together to promote people-to-people interaction between Nigeria and Indonesia.

"We want more Nigerians to visit Indonesia, just as we want more Indonesians and their companies to come into Nigeria.

"We are, therefore, having talks with the Nigerian government to see how fast and best we can create better understanding between us,’’ he added.

 - NAN

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