INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: NIGERIA RENEWS TIES WITH ANGOLA
AS NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR PARLEYS ANGOLAN PRESIDENT
Nigeria is set for a more fruitful bilateral relations with the republic of Angola.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Angola, Professor Monique Ekpong stated after her chat with the Angolan President, His Excellency, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the Presidential Villa in Luanda.
Professor Ekpong was received with a full guard of honour by President Gonçalves Lourenço for the occasion of presentation of letters of credence.
Letter of Credence is a formal diplomatic letter that appoints a diplomat as ambassador to another sovereign state. The letter is addressed from one head of state to another, asking them to give credence to whatever the ambassador may say on their country’s behalf. The letter is usually presented personally by the ambassador, to the receiving head of state in a formal ceremony, marking the beginning of the ambassadorship.
In her remark at the occasion, the academician and Nigerian diplomat thanked the Head of State for audience despite tight schedule and Covid restrictions, she requested stronger ties to foster commerce and cultural exchange between both countries. She established the need to restore direct flights between Nigeria and Angola, instead of flying through Ethiopia.
Furthermore, in a bid to boost trade and tourism, Prof. Monique appealed for quicker documentations for Nigerians in Angola, as well as better treatment of Nigerian residents.
The meeting could be said to have ended productive, as President Lourenço granted all requests of Ambassador Ekpong. He promised to restore direct flights immediately, promising a better relationship between Nigeria and Angola.
Nelson NseAbasi ©