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Egypt Trains 100 Nigerians On Security And Counter-Terrorism

Posted: Jul 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

As part of the effort to deepen ties with Nigeria, Ashraf Salama, the outgoing Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the country, has disclosed that the Egyptian government has trained no fewer than 100 Nigerian officials in different fields.

Salama, who made the remark in Abuja during the 64th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution that toppled the monarchy in the country peacefully and established  the Republic, said the beneficiaries were trained on security and counter-terrorism, investigations, medicine, engineering, agriculture, among others, in order to improve Nigeria’s expertise in various fields.

“All those training courses were provided by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, an organ of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, and all of the courses were fully funded by Egypt to share its expertise with the brotherly countries like Nigeria,” he said.

He said during his tenure as ambassador of his country in Nigeria, his main objective was to bring the two brotherly countries closer and to strengthen the bilateral relations.

“This objective was aimed at setting a solid example of inter-African relations and to be a pioneering model in Africa for cooperation in all fields, as well as exploring new horizons for the welfare of this great continent. I hope I was able to achieve some of these goals,” the envoy stated.

He recalled that on the multilateral level, Egypt and Nigeria have supported each other’s nominees in various international organisations, “the last of which was the support of Nigeria by Egypt to become a non-permanent member at the Security Council of the United Nations (UN).”

Khadija Ibrahim , the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, stated that Nigeria and Egypt share a special relationship, which preceded the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1962.

“We have always shared cordial and fruitful bilateral as well as trade relations which both Al Sisi and Buhari are committed to further enhance in order to strengthen our ties for the mutual benefit and development of our peoples,” she said.

She used the occasion to thank the Egyptian government for its continued assistance to Nigeria, especially in the provision of scholarship to Nigerians to study in Egypt as well as Egypt’s support in the area of combating insecurity challenges facing the country.