09/05/13 - Leadership (Nigeria) - Ashiru Laments Nigeria's Low Economic Cooperation With Cuba
By Kingsley Opurum
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Olugbenga Ashiru has
lamented the Nigeria's low level economic interaction with the government
Ashiru expressed the dissatisfaction during his official visit to the
country on Monday, where he met with his Cuban counterpart, Rodriquez
Parilla and discussed issues bordering on the volume of bilateral relations
between the both countries.
In a press statement signed by Ashiru's spokesperson, Ogbole Amedu Ode and
made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, the Minister stressed the need for
both countries to work together and strengthen their bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, Ashiru expressed admiration for Cuba's strides in the fields of
science, medicine and biotechnology.
He, therefore, agreed with Parilla that joint collaboration in these areas
would raise the level of economic cooperation between both countries.
Ashiru further commended Cuba for its supportive role towards African
independence and development, and specifically conveyed Nigeria's
appreciation to Cuba for granting scholarship to about 600 Nigerian
students to study in that country, especially in the field of medicine.
Both sides also discussed global issues that border on peace and security.
Whilst soliciting Cuban support for Nigeria's bid for the non-permanent
seat in the UN Security Council, Ambassador Ashiru assured his Cuban
counterpart of Nigeria's continued support for Cuba in international
organisations, especially as regards lifting of sanctions and embargoes
The highlight of Ashiru's visit was the signing of the 'Agreement on Waiver
of Visa Requirement for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports'.
Minister's successful official visit to the island nation of Cuba and his
meeting with the Foreign Minister, the Minister of Foreign Trade and
Investment and the Vice-President of Cuba's Council of Ministers, further
underscores the drive to expand the space in the attraction of foreign
investments as a support for the Transformation Agenda of the Goodluck
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