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Nigeria and Italy to Improve Diplomatic, Economic Ties

Ambassador Fulvio Rustico (L) and Governor Ambode (R) (Photo via NaijaOxygen)

Ambassador Fulvio Rustico (L) and Governor Ambode (R) (Photo via NaijaOxygen)

The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Fulvio Rustico, on Thursday announced plans by Nigeria and Italy to sign fresh agreements that would broaden the areas of cooperation between both countries.

Rustico told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that both countries’ Ministers of Justice and Interiors would soon exchange visits, for the signing of the agreements.

The ambassador, who said that his government’s new areas of agreement would include economic cooperation, also expressed the readiness of more Italian companies to invest in Nigeria.

“We are seriously working on more agreements that would strengthen Nigeria and Italy’s general areas of cooperation.

“We are planning exchange of visits by the Ministers of Justice and Interiors of Nigeria and Italy, to sign a new agreement. Our target is not only to strengthen our political relations with Nigeria; we are also looking at strengthening our economic relations with Nigeria,’’ he said.

Rustico said that his government was working hard at creating the appropriate opportunities for more Italian companies to come and exploit the huge investment potential in Nigeria.

The Envoy, who also announced the Italian government’s plan to strengthen its relations with Africa, described Nigeria as Italy’s most strategic partner in the continent.

“We wish to strengthen our relations with Africa, with particular interest in Nigeria, as our most strategic partner. We know how enormous the potential and benefits of our cooperation with Nigeria is,’’ he added.

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