Nigeria, Spain to deepen bilateral relations

Adoba Echono, Abuja

Nigeria and Spain have agreed to put measures in place to deepen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Ministry Foreign Affairs, Ambaqssador Olushola Enikanolaye, who stated this in Abuja at the end of a bilateral meeting between the two countries, disclosed that Nigeria is also soliciting the support of Spain in the diversification of its economy.

Ambassador Enikanolaye said the political consultation between both countries covered a wide range of issues from political to economic with security relations and migration.

 “On trade and economic matters, we agreed that Spain has been a regular buyer of our oil and gas and there will be need to diversify to other sectors, according to Ambassador Enikanolaye.”

“These include agriculture for food security, equipment, agro-allied and irrigation among others and our guest agreed that discussions are already ongoing with the state governors.”

“We agreed that we are going to do more for this to happen, we also discussed the possibility of signing agreement on avoiding double taxation,” he said.”

Economic Framework

According to him, this is important as a framework for economic relations, based on the already concluded agreement signed between the two countries.

Ambassador Enikanolaye said both countries reviewed the ongoing campaign against boko haram, and Spain commended Nigeria for successes recorded on countering the insurgency.

He said Nigeria looked forward to more assistance in the area of humanitarian support for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and in the area of reconstruction and development.

The Ambassador said that the two sides expressed satisfactions with the implementation of migration agreement between the two countries.

“It is agreed that the right of migrants are respected and that they are returned after the local remedies have been exhausted.

“On the political relations, we agree that our relations are excellent, the two sides agree that there are no irritant relations between Nigeria and Spain.

“We also agree to look at other mechanisms on bilateral political relations between us including the possibility of establishing a bi- national commission,” he said

Responding, the Secretary to State, Foreign Affairs Spain, Ildefonson Castro, said the relationship between the two countries would be improved.

“We agree to improve our political, economical and trade relations, we strongly advocate for the support of Spanish investment in Nigeria which is important, ” the secretary said.

Castro commended the role of Nigeria and ECOWAS on the resolution of political crisis in the Gambia, Mali and others.

The secretary said that President Muhammadu Buhari has been invited to Spain, adding that Spain was looking forward to receiving him.