Nige­rian en­voy to In­done­sia as­sumes duty

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Nige­rian Am­bas­sador to In­done­sia, Ha­keem Ba­lo­gun, has as­sumed duty in Jakarta af­ter he pre­sented his Let­ters of Cre­dence to the coun­try’s Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo.

A state­ment from the Nige­rian Em­bassy in In­done­sia, said the new en­voy ex­pressed Nige­ria’s com­mit­ment to deepen re­la­tions with In­done­sia in ar­eas of trade and in­vest­ment, such as agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, solid min­er­als, oil and gas, man­u­fac­tur­ing, tourism and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

Ba­lo­gun told the In­done­sian pres­i­dent that he would con­vey his re­quest on his in­vi­ta­tion to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to visit In­done­sia and his re­quest for di­rect pur­chase of Nige­ria’s crude oil.

The am­bas­sador said that Nige­ria was the surest door through which In­done­sia could en­ter the African mar­ket.

He said that the cur­rent vol­ume of trade be­tween Nige­ria and In­done­sia stands at around 1.7 bil­lion dol­lars in favour of In­done­sia.

He said a pro­posed Nige­ria-In­done­sia Joint Com­mis­sion would be an op­por­tu­nity for both coun­tries to fur­ther boost the ex­ist­ing cor­dial re­la­tions.

Re­spond­ing, the In­done­sian pres­i­dent said there were many In­done­sian com­pa­nies in Nige­ria, in­clud­ing In­doFood, mak­ers of the pop­u­lar In­domie Noo­dles.

The two coun­tries es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions in 1965 with the open­ing of In­done­sian Em­bassy in La­gos. Nige­ria sub­se­quently opened its em­bassy in Jakarta in 1976.

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