Sao Tome and Principe, strategic partner to Nigeria – Osinbajo

Sao Tome and Principe, strategic partner to Nigeria – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Sao Tome and Principe is an important and strategic partner to Nigeria.

 

The vice-president said that Nigeria’s relations with the twin-island central African nation, which had been growing over the years, would be further strengthened.

 

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said that the vice-president represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of Mr Carlos Nova, as the new President of Sao Tome and Principe, on Saturday in Sao Tome city.

The event, which took place in the country’s Parliament Building, was attended by leaders from Africa and Europe.

 

Other leaders, who graced the inauguration ceremony, include President Marcelo Rebeto of Portugal, President Sissolo Embalo of Guinea-Bissau and the Vice-President of Angola, Mr Bonito De Sousa, among others.

 

The inauguration was also witnessed by the immediate-past President, Mr Carlos Carvalho, and the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principe, Mr Jorge Jesus.

 

Osinbajo, who spoke with newsmen after the inauguration ceremony, said: “We think that São Tomé and Principe is an important partner.

 

“We have a very strategic relationship, which is why we are here, not just to felicitate the new president but also to re-establish our relationship.

 

“A relationship which, by the way, has been growing from strength to strength over the years.”

 

Osinbajo said that the two countries were looking to reinforcing their bilateral relations because of their strategic partnership.

 

According to him, both countries have a joint development arrangement, especially with respect to the oil and gas sector where they share a common interest.

 

“We are also looking at strengthening relationships in other respects, such as hospitality, agriculture and all of that,” he said.

 

The vice-president felicitated the new president and expressed Nigeria’s readiness to have stronger ties with the island country.

 

Osinbajo was accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada.

 

Some members of the House of Representatives, including Rep. Hafiz Kawu, as well as Nigeria’s Ambassador to São Tomé and Principe, Mr Christopher Chiejina, also attended the event.

 

Nova afterwards held his first bilateral meeting as President with Osinbajo at the Presidential Office in Sao Tome city

 

The two leaders exchanged pleasantries and expressed readiness to deepen diplomatic and economic relations between their countries.

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