11 December 2006

Nigeria: President Obasanjo Visits Syria

Abuja — President Olusegun Obasanjo on December 10 began a two-day state visit to Damascus at the invitation of President Bashar al-Assad, while expressing hope that his first visit to Syria will launch flourished sustainable bilateral relations between the two countries.

Speaking at People's Assembly of Syria, President Obasanjo expressed the need for the enhancement of joint cooperation between Syria and Nigeria in order to realize economic and social progress.

According to him, "Political stability among nations is a major reason for realizing security and stability and sustainable developments." Noting that Syria can play an important role to realize security and stability in region in accordance to the international legitimacy.

President Obasanjo said the existing fraternal and friendship relations between Syria and Nigeria, that had lasted for years, are in a constant development to meet aspirations of our peoples in order to achieve the world peace and security that pose a main demand for development and cooperation among peoples.

President Bashar al-Assad at a dinner banquet in honor of President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed optimism that the visit stressed will contribute in enhancing bilateral and multi - lateral relations in various domains, which is historically rooted between the two nations dating back hundred years.

He commended President Obasanjo for taking various reforms aimed at directing Nigeria towards a chosen path for development as the choice of life and future.

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