President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria enjoys a steadily growing and economically rewarding relationship with the Republic of India, describing the country as “Nigeria’s biggest trade partner.’’
Receiving Letters of Credence from the High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari called for a closer and stronger partnership that will be mutually beneficial to the citizens.
Recalling his experience at Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973, the President noted that Nigeria’s relationship with India has been long and upwardly rewarding for individuals, institutions and the country.
Thakur said India will continue to stand with Nigeria “shoulder to shoulder in all areas of mutual interest, including security’’, assuring the President that he will work hard on encouraging meetings that focused on reducing double taxation and attract more Foreign Direct Investments, actualize Nigerian airline, Air Peace’s dream of two weekly flights to Bombay and open up the visa regime more.
At the ceremony, President Buhari, who received Letters of Credence from Ambassador of Kuwait, Abdulaziz Mohammad Al Bisher, said Nigeria’s continuous support of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) policies, sometimes, discourages assistance from developed countries, with wrong assumptions that the country is rich.