Min­is­ter urges African co­op­er­a­tion on UNSC re­form

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By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Ge­of­frey Onyeama, has called for co­op­er­a­tion among African coun­tries in the ef­fort to re­form the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

A state­ment by the min­istry’s spokesman, Cle­ment Aduku, said Onyeama made the call when he met with a del­e­ga­tion from Sierra Leone led by the coun­try’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, Dr. Sa­mura Mathew Wil­son Ka­mara

The re­form of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will be on the agenda of the 27th Or­di­nary Ses­sion of the As­sem­bly of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment of the African Union in Ki­gali, Rwanda from 10 - 18 July 2016.

“The min­is­ters took note of the cur­rent state of af­fairs in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil re­form ef­fort and the multi-di­men­sional chal­lenges in the process. They un­der­scored the need for greater sol­i­dar­ity among African coun­tries in the re­form ef­fort,” the state­ment said. Mr Onyeama ex­pressed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­vive the Nige­ria/Sierra Leone Joint Com­mis­sion with a view to strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween their two coun­tries. The min­is­ter also spoke on the ef­forts of Nige­ria’s se­cu­rity forces which led to the res­cue of the se­nior Sierra Leonean diplo­mat who was kid­napped on June 30, 2016.

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