Nigeria, Poland agree economic, military pacts

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Geoffrey Onyeama and Witold Jan Waszczykowski during the press conference in Warsaw Photo: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Geoffrey Onyeama and Witold Jan Waszczykowski during the press conference in Warsaw
Photo: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The foreign minister of Nigeria is in Poland in an effort to develop economic, military and security ties with the fast-growing economy in central Europe.

Geoffrey Onyeama, on his first visit to Poland, said he was “extremely impressed” by the economic development he has seen in Poland, a country that threw off communist rule 28 years ago.

He said Nigeria, an oil exporter badly hit by a fall in oil prices, is eager to diversify its “mono-economy” and is seeking out Poland as a new partner.

At a news conference in Warsaw he said security, military equipment and training, agriculture, manufacturing and energy were areas of possible cooperation, but he gave no specific details for any agreements under consideration.

In a series of tweets on the official account of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Witold Jan Waszczykowski described Nigeria as the EU country’s important partner. “Nigeria is Poland’s important partner in Africa; we discussed how to take our relations to an even higher level.”

He added that “Nigeria is our important partner in the Go Africa economic programme”, stressing that, “We also want to foster cooperation with Nigeria in the EU – Nigeria framework.”

Waszczykowski urged Onyeama to support non-permanent UNSC membership programme. “I was convincing my #Nigeria partner to support our bid for non-permanent UNSC membership PL4UNSC.”

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