Nigeria, Benin to strengthen economic, regional ties

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President Muhammadu Buhari and his Republic of Benin counterpart, President Boni Yayi on Tuesday agreed to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

This came at a joint press briefing after a closed door meeting between the two leaders.

They also agreed to promote efforts towards regional integration.

Both leaders pledged to continue to put in place necessary mechanisms to further strengthen regional integration under the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the Co-Prosperity Alliance Zone (COPAZ).

Buhari particularly, expressed satisfactions with Benin Republic for identifying with the current efforts at fighting terrorism under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

“We are happy to inform you that we have identified our problems, the correct priorities for Nigeria firstly is the security of the country and then the economy.

“I have to thank most sincerely, the president of Benin for identifying himself with the immediate Lake Chad Basin Commission group to make their contribution.”, he said

In his remarks, Yayi commended the leadership role of President Muhammadu Buhari in the on-going war against terrorism especially the Boko Haram insurgency.

He expressed the solidarity of his country in the fight against terrorism.

Yayi stressed the need for the two countries to galvanize other ECOWAS member States to put in place necessary mechanism to strengthen regional integration within the West African Sub-Region.

He also solicited the support of Nigeria towards the successful hosting of the COPAZ Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled to be held in Benin Republic.

President Yayi, who spoke in French called for collaboration with Nigeria towards reinforcing Border security.

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