Of Aidoghie Paulino, abuja
He The Federal Government and the Kingdom of Spain met yesterday in Abuja to strategize on ways to address insecurity in the country and maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
The agreement was reached during a bilateral meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and his Spanish counterpart, José Manuel Albares Bueno.
Onyeama said, both countries were close and deep partners, adding that Nigeria is one of the main suppliers of gas and oil to Spain and along with security, both countries would also work to improve economic relations.
“We are delighted with the cooperation we have in tackling insurgency and terrorism in the Sahel and this part of Africa. We will continue to work with you and with the world community, the UN and the EU to definitively address the security challenges we face in our sub-region, and we truly appreciate your country’s support and cooperation.”
Onyeama also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Spain last year was a testament to the importance the two countries attached to their relations. at the highest level.
Speaking earlier, Bueno said that Nigeria was one of the great regional players, the largest economy in Africa and an absolute pillar of ECOWAS and sub-Saharan Africa.
“But our bilateral relations are getting deeper and more aspects have been covered. Security is a challenge for Nigeria, and we want to offer our support to Nigeria in this rare challenge. We express our solidarity with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, this is a threat that Spain knows very well, due to our recent history. We commend the efforts of the Nigerian government to fight against violence, terrorism and, at the same time, we want to help Nigeria to address the root causes of these conflicts”, said the Spanish minister.