Abuja - India’s Vice-President Hamid Ansari has said that
India seeks to explore new areas of cooperation with Nigeria.
Ansari expressed the view at a reception organised for him
at the Indian High Commission in Abuja on Monday night.
The vice-president reiterated that India was Nigeria’s
biggest trade partner as both countries shared similarities in different areas
“I don’t have to educate you on the current levels of our
relationship; we are Nigeria’s biggest trading partner.
“Nigeria is a major supplier of energy to us but above all
there is a convergence of interest on global matters which is extremely
“Both of us play an important role on the world stage in
decisions that have been made; we contribute the maintenance of peace in
different parts of the world.
“We have common aspirations; we have a vision of a future
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“That is one area of corporation; we know how democracy
“The diversity of India is replicated in Nigeria in terms of
languages and culture; we both have a dedication to develop our societies.
“I look forward to meeting with dignitaries and exploring
new areas in which we would cooperate with each other in terms of the agreements
that were made earlier,” Ansari said.
He added that both countries cooperated in the areas of
business, energy, defence and security, education, among others.
“Our corporation is substantial, it is diverse.
“The contribution of Indian teachers in different parts of
this country in educating the citizens will never be forgotten.
“Similarly, the training that members of the armed forces of
Nigeria obtained in the past and continue to obtain today in defence
institutions in India, and the corporation that is developing in that field is
something which will be long remembered.”
Ansari is on a five-day visit to Nigeria and Mali, where he
will hold bilateral talks with the leadership of the two countries.
His visit to Nigeria is at the invitation of his Nigerian
counterpart, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Ansari will also hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari,
the President of the Senate, Sen, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House
of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, and deliver an address at the National
Defence College of Nigeria.
He is also expected to meet with the Governor of Lagos
State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, and deliver an address at a business forum at the
University of Lagos.
Ansari is expected to be in Mali on Thursday to meet with
the president, the prime minister and also address the National Assembly of
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