Mamnoon to meet Jonathan in Nigeria

President will meet his top Nigerian officials, businessmen in Abuja and Lagos during four-day visit

ISLAMABAD – At the invitation of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake a four-day official visit to the African republic from the next week.

Foreign Office spokesperson said the upcoming visit would be very important since it would be the first presidential visit from Pakistan to Nigeria in the last three decades. During his stay in Abuja, President Mamnoon would meet President Jonathan while Nigerian vice president and other senior officials would also meet the visiting dignitary.

The visit will provide a good opportunity to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. The two sides would discuss ways and means for further strengthening of relations between the two countries particularly in the field of economic and trade cooperation. President Mamnoon would also address the business forums in Abuja and in Lagos.

Nigeria is an important member of the UN, D-8 and OIC where the two countries closely collaborate. The trade relations between Pakistan and Nigeria have improved considerably. The total volume of trade between the two countries almost doubled recently from earlier $30.677 million in 2011-2012 to $67.361 million in 2012-2013. –Online

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