Govt of Egypt to Buhari: deliver on your inaugural promises



•President  gets Cairo invitation

The Egyptian government has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to keep faith with all the issues raised  in his inaugural speech.

 Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry who addressed a news conference in Abuja at the weekend, also spoke of the need for both countries to improve on existing economic relations.

Shoukry, who was in the country to represent the Egyptian President at President  Buhari’s inauguration, said: “We look forward to the newly elected government to successfully implement all of the issues that the President raised in his statement yesterday (Friday) and I am sure that the evaluation will always be that of the Nigerian people.”

 He described the inauguration as historic, stating that the Egyptian government was eager to strengthen its ties with Nigeria.

 Shoukry, who brought goodwill messages from Egypt to  President Buhari, extended his government’s invitation to Buhari  to visit Cairo as soon as possible to futher deepen ties.
 “We are looking forward to the time for the visit. Therefore, we look forward to working closely with Nigeria and new Nigerian government,” he said.

 The Arabian nation’s minister, however, expressed concern over the current trade volume between the two countries, which he said, was very low, compared to the size of the market in Nigeria and Egypt.
 He said: “We are not satisfied with the current level of economic relations between Nigeria and Egypt. The volume of trade between the two countries is very limited for a country of the size of Nigeria and a country of the size of Egypt.

“We represent almost 300 million individuals and this has to be taken advantage of by both sides, looking at areas of economy that we can support each other.

“This is the first matter that will be discussed more in-depth when we hold the forthcoming session of the joint committee between the two countries which will be convened before the end of this year.”
He also expressed his country’s willingness to support Nigeria in the fight against terror.



The Nation

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