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FG seeks renewal of bilateral military agreement with France

Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi during a meeting with the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann accompanied by the Defence Attache, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Colonel Guillaume Dujon at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Ship House, Abuja.

The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd) is seeking renewal of existing bilateral Military agreements between Nigeria and France to reflect the real-time security-related needs of the two countries.

General Magashi said this when the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann paid him a courtesy visit at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Ship House, Abuja.

The defence minister said Nigeria and France are strategic partners and pointed out that the partnership needed to be rejigged in order to take it to higher levels of operability and deliverability.

He, therefore, welcomed a more proactive intelligence gathering mechanism and technological support to drive a new information-sharing regime in aid of the Military Campaigns in the country.

General Magashi proceeded to request for more technological transfer, in order to “galvanise the nation’s Military productive capabilities”.

The Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mrs Blatmann, who was accompanied on the visit by the Defence Attache, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Colonel Guillaume Dujon thanked General Magashi for the audience, which, she said, was aimed at strengthening existing bilateral agreements between the two countries.

The ambassador requested for the technical interface between the two countries to examine critical areas of mutual benefits in the proposed rebirth of Memorandum of Understanding, and gave assurances that her Country will reinforce efforts to end terrorism in Nigeria and Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Mrs Blatmann commiserated with the Nigerian Armed Forces for “those who paid the supreme price” in the line of duty defending the Nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; Editing by Tony Okerafor