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Senator Akpabio Seeks Saudi Arabia, Nigeria Collaboration on Security, through Intelligence Sharing

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President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio has appealed to the Saudi Arabian Government to collaborate with Nigeria in the fight against insurgency and trans-border terrorism, through sharing of intelligence.

Senator Akpabio made the call while receiving, in courtesy, members of the Saudi Arabia-Nigeria Parliamentary Friendship Group, led by Dr Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Salamah, in his office.

The Senate President noted that if intelligence is provided it would aid the fight against insurgency, and boost the safety of all.

“If you provide intelligence that would aid the fight against insurgency, you would have succeeded in making the world a safe and peaceful place for all of us to live in, because insecurity in any part of the world is insecurity everywhere in the world.”

Speaking further, Akpabio stated that “our relationship today, has gone beyond pilgrimages and oil because Nigerians are now studying and working in Saudi Arabia in various spheres of human endeavours. The mutual economic ties and benefits are worth commending, especially in the aviation sector. I congratulate you and the government of Saudi Arabia on the stability of your economic policies that have brought about prosperity in Saudi Arabia.”

Akpabio specifically appreciated the Saudi Arabian Government on its Vision 3030 on women’s rights and a major economic transformation in the entertainment and tourism sectors.

Earlier in his speech, the leader of the delegation, Dr Al- Salamah stated that their visit to Nigeria and particularly, the Senate was aimed at further strengthening its age-long bilateral relationship with Nigeria and looking for more ways of collaboration and assistance in the overall interest of the two countries.

“We are here today to find out areas of future collaborations in terms of bilateral agreements. Nigeria is one of our very strategic partners. Nigeria is very important to Saudi Arabia. We are very proud of its people, government, and culture. We are looking forward to seeing Nigeria become a very prosperous country in the area of commerce, economy, and political relationship,” he declared.

 

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