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Nigeria to strengthen ties with Iran

President Buhari with the Iranian team led by Vice President Mohsen Mansouri. Photo: Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Iranian Vice President of the readiness of Nigeria to strengthen existing relations with the Islamic Republic.

President Buhari said this during a courtesy call on him by the Iranian Vice President, Mohsen Mansouri, on the sidelines of the United Nations Summit taking place in Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar.

The President said he had interacted with Iranians over many years, especially when he was the Petroleum Minister, and that he had good understanding of the the country and its people.

President Buhari also told his guest about the recent election in Nigeria and the preparations being made to hand over power in less than three months.

President Buhari hoped that the strong relations he had built between the two countries would continue to endure in the new administration.

The Iranian Vice President, Mohsen Mansouri, said he was glad to meet with the President Buhari, understanding fully that the two nations with their rich human and natural resources, and the attendant wealth accrued, needed to co-operate in such areas as agriculture.

With Iran currently facing international sanctions over nuclear and other issues, Mr. Mansouri stressed that as leaders in their respective regions, it was important for the two countries to push for multilateralism to avoid a unipolar world.

He added that the way forward is to set up and strengthen a joint commission between the two countries at the highest levels.

Writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu