The two discussed bilateral and African issues, as well as cooperative ventures.

 FM Livni meets with Nigerian former Head of State

 

FM Livni is flanked by Nigerian former Head of State Abubakar (left) and Nigerian Ambassador Anthony Manzo

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met today (Thursday, 11 May 2006) with Nigerian former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who led his country from 1998-99 and was an important factor in transferring the government to civilian rule democratically.

The two discussed bilateral and African issues, as well as cooperative ventures. Foreign Minister Livni stressed the importance of Israeli-Nigerian relations, as well as Abubakar’s commitment to strengthening relations with Israel in the field of agriculture. Seven advanced training courses for Nigerians from all over the country will be given this year at a farm owned by Abubakar, jointly funded by Israel and Nigeria.

Abubakar welcomed Minister Livni’s assumption of office and emphasized the stability of relations between the two countries, adding that Israel should be proud of its democratic system.