Abuja - The Charge D’ Affairs of Venezuela Embassy in Nigeria, Miguelangel Vecchia, on Tuesday, said Nigeria and Venezuela have started implementing an agreement that allows visa-free travel for officials and diplomatic passport holders.
He said the agreement was made official in the Venezuelan official Gazette number 40, 215 published on July 26, 2013.
He recalled that the agreement was initially signed on Nov.ember 24, 2012 by the then Nigeria’s Minister of State 1, Viola Onwuliri and Venezuelan Deputy Minister for Africa, Reinaldo Bolivar.
The envoy said the agreement would deepen the diplomatic and bilateral relations between the two oil producing and exporting countries.
The Charge D’ Affairs said the embassy in Abuja had simplified visa application requirements for ordinary passport holders.
However, he added, the requirements for students and business visa were simple.
Vecchia said the Venezuelan government had signed 33 multilateral agreements with Nigeria since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two in 1965.
He commended the commitment and foresight of former President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela for prioritising economic ties with Africa.