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Germany to assist Nigeria in tackling insurgency

11 November 2014, 16:22

Abuja - Micheal Zenner, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, has expressed his country's readiness to support Nigeria in fighting terrorism and insurgency.

Zenner said this on Monday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro.

"We are looking at areas where we can strengthen and forge strategic partnership as discussed in our last Bi-national Commission meeting.

"Some of the areas discussed during the meeting in October include; economy, energy, culture, security and migration policy issues.’’

The envoy, who assumed duty in Nigeria about three months ago, said the visit was part of his familiarisation tour of strategic sectors in Nigeria.

Also read: Security forces urged to liberate terror-stricken territories

Earlier, Moro had thanked the envoy for the visit and expressed hope that the visit would go a long way in deepening the bi-lateral relations between both countries.

Moro said that the German government had expressed solidarity and support for Nigeria in winning the war against insurgency.

He, however, stressed that no formal agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed in that regard.

"I did indicate in my remark that we are thanking the German Government for the expression of support for Nigeria in the war against insurgency.

"Let me explain that this expression of support is not a formal agreement but we are satisfied with the expression of support from Germany," he said.

He assured that the Federal Government would continue to forge partnership with the international community and relevant stakeholders to overcome insurgency in the country.

The minister said the gorilla tactics of the insurgents was responsible for government's caution in rooting them out so as not to cause collateral damage.

 - NAN


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