8 February 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan, Morsi Renew Ties

President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to renew the strong ties that existed between the country and one of its African ally; Egypt.

He made this pledge to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, yesterday when he attended the opening of the 12th session of the summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo.

Jonathan and Morsi had pledged to renew the ties between both countries during the bilateral talks held to chart the way forward within the African continent as well as internationally.

The thrust of the visit as reiterated by Jonathan was to seek ways to increase the growth of the economy through social interactions in the light of the current challenges.

The strengthening of relationship is expected to focus on the expansion of trade and economic growth between Nigeria and Egypt as well as boost the teamwork between both countries on the war against crime.

Jonathan added that the renewal of ties will accommodate friendship and develop wealth for both countries.

Jonathan's visit was part of his three-nations tour that took him first to Britain and then with a stop over in France to confer with the British Prime Minister; Mr. David Cameron and the President of France, Mr. Francois Hollande respectively, before his Egypt's visit Thursday.

Jonathan, who is scheduled to attend the launch of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation in London today before his return to Abuja on Monday, was accompanied by his wife, Patience and other senior government officials.

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