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Nigeria, China to partner on terrorism

19 September 2013, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - In a move aimed at tackling terrorism and disaster response capabilities in the country, the People's Republic of China has
pledged military training and retraining of security personnel for Nigeria, a senior official has said.

Addressing the media here in Abuja, Chinese Parliamentary President, Zhang Dejiang, who is also the chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC), said under the arrangement, both countries would exchange programmes for military officers and students of Defence colleges.

These were part of the high points of the bilateral talks between president of the Nigerian Senate Senator David Mark and Chinese Parliament Dejiang on Wednesday in Abuja.

Senator Mark earlier requested his guest to prevail on his government for assistance to Nigeria in the mass production of military hardware for the Navy, Army, Air Force and the Police as well as aircraft spare parts production centre in Nigeria.

He also requested China's government to support Nigeria's bid for the UN Security Council seat as non- permanent member from 2014 - 2015 and as the permanent member from Africa in an expanded UN Security Council.

Dejiang noted that China runs a friendly administration and upholds the sanctity of the rule of law. He promised cooperation with the government and people of Nigeria in all various areas that would improve her economy and general welfare of the people.

- CAJ News



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