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VP Osinbajo: São Tomé and Príncipe important partner to Nigeria

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria’s relationship with the twin-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe has been growing over the years and would even now be further strengthened.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria’s relationship with the twin-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe has been growing over the years and would even now be further strengthened.

Osinbajo said this on Saturday at the Presidential Inauguration of the new President of Sao Tome and Principe, Carlos Manuel Vila Nova, in Sao Tome city.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed in a statement titled ‘Nigeria’s relations with São Tomé and Principe growing, says Osinbajo at presidential inauguration’.

Speaking to the Press right after the swearing-in ceremony, the Vice President was quoted to have said, “We think that São Tomé and Principe is an important partner and we have a very strategic relationship which is why we are here not just to felicitate with the new President, but to re-establish a relationship, a relationship which by the way has been growing from strength to strength over the years.”

He noted that both countries are now “looking at strengthening bilateral relations because of the strategic partnership between the two countries.”

According to him, “we have a joint development arrangement especially with respect to the oil and gas sector where we share a common interest.

“We are also looking at strengthening relationships in other respects [such as] hospitality, agriculture and all of that.”

While felicitating with the new President, Osinbajo expressed Nigeria’s readiness to re-establish stronger ties with the island country.

Later, the newly sworn-in President Vila Nova held his first bilateral meeting as President with Osinbajo at the Presidential Office in Sao Tome city, where both leaders exchanged pleasantries and expressed readiness to deepen diplomatic and economic relationships.

Osinbajo was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister of State, Zubairu Dada, and joined by some members of the House of Representatives including Hafiz Kawu, as well as Nigeria’s Ambassador to São Tomé and Principe, Christopher Chiejina.

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