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NiGERIA: UK assures commitment to FG

The British government has assured the Federal Government of its continued support in tackling Nigeria’s internal challenges.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague gave the assurance during a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Odein Ajumogobia. The meeting which held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London discussed issues crucial to the strengthening of relations between the two countries.

During the occasion, Hague and Ajumogobia recorded a video message to mark Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary. In the video message, Hague spoke about the UK’s determination to build on cultural and historical links between the UK and Nigeria. He highlighted the many bonds shared between British and Nigerian citizens. He pledged the UK’s support for the Nigerian Government’s vital work to deliver credible elections in 2011.

Hague noted that Nigeria and the UK are both committed to driving economic growth by building partnerships between British and Nigerian business. He said that both countries are committed to setting an example of strong and responsible international leadership, within the Commonwealth and on the world stage.
The highlight of the meeting was the issue of migration, especially visa issues and the new cap on non European Union immigrants, a development that has made the Federal Government to deploy diplomatic efforts in the interest of Nigerians.

Both ministers commended continuing negotiations between senior officials on both sides to ensure that the new regulation would not affect Nigerians negatively. The last of such senior officials’ meeting was held in London on September 15.

The Commonwealth, also, featured in the discussion. Ajumogobia noted that the Commonwealth as an organization of diverse people could do more to speak with one voice on international issues. Consequently, both ministers agreed to work out plans to put his suggestions into effect.

Other issues discussed included: The debate on United Nations Security Council reforms which “appears to have slowed down.” HMFA noted that there were no justification for the maintenance of the status quo, especially in view of the broadening of other regional bodies such as the G8 which transformed to G15 and now G20 and cooperation in solving problems of troubled spots in Africa.