Nigeria: Foreign Relations

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 15th March 2023.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government (1) what steps they are taking to strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria, particularly through security and trade initiatives, and (2) what meetings they plan to have with the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government aims to be a partner of choice to Nigeria on trade, development and security. In November 2022, we held an Economic Development Forum to address barriers to investment and boost bilateral trade. Through our UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership, we are supporting Nigeria in tackling its security challenges and shared threats. In December 2022, the Minister for Development and Africa [Minister Mitchell] discussed opportunities for strengthening our relationship with Bola Tinubu as part of his engagements with Nigerian presidential candidates. We look forward to continuing this partnership with the incoming administration.

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