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Polish President Andrezej Duda paid an official visit to Nigeria on Tuesday at the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Polish President and his delegation were received by his host at the State House in Abuja.

Speaking during the visit, Duda said it was an honor for him and the entire Polish delegation as this was the first official visit by the Polish President to Nigeria in 60 years, especially since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

He said the talks with his host focused on continuing and deepening relations between the two countries, pointing out that Nigeria was the only African country with which Poland had signed a strategic dialogue agreement, which includes the protocol agreement on agricultural cooperation.

”What was central to our conversation today, both in our one-on-one and in the plenary session, was how to ensure food and energy security.

“It is important for us to strengthen the relationship between Poland and Nigeria and the Memorandum of Understanding we signed is very important for the future of both nations on food security,” said the Polish President by the through an interpreter.

Regarding energy security, he welcomed the delivery of liquefied natural gas to Poland from Nigeria, as well as shipments of crude oil.

He said: “Speaking of the energy security dimension, the discussions we had today are essential in the perspective of supplying both LNG gas and oil to Poland and the European Union… . We want to deepen this cooperation and we want to increase supplies from Nigeria to Poland and thus we want to contribute to the development of economic cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

President Duda noted that Nigeria and Poland had enjoyed excellent bilateral relations over the past 60 years, supported at the interpersonal level by the presence of many Nigerians in Polish higher education institutions as well as the contribution of Polish engineers and scientists in building infrastructure in Nigeria.

Addressing a joint press conference with the visiting Head of State, President Buhari said Nigeria was pleased with the existing successful cooperation with Poland in the maritime, education and defense fields. .

Regarding agriculture, which is one of the priority areas of the Nigerian government, the President said that cooperation in this area would be win-win for both countries, especially in the context of global food insecurity occasioned by the conflict in Ukraine.

He noted that in view of the many global challenges, Nigeria is keen to develop new cooperation mechanisms including regular strategic dialogues and political consultations to cover not only bilateral relations but also to address regional and international issues.

”Our cooperation in the field of education has a long history and we would like to encourage the extension of this cooperation to the sharing of knowledge and experience between our educational institutions in fields such as science and technology as well as as information and communication technologies, to help drive innovation in our countries in this competitive global knowledge economy,” the President also said.

President Buhari, while describing the Polish President’s two-day visit as significant as it underscored the cordial relations that exist between the two countries, praised the Polish government’s efforts to provide assistance to the large number of refugees fleeing the conflict. in Ukraine. , including a significant number of Nigerians.

”I also wish to express our sincere gratitude for the kind and generous support provided during our government’s evacuation of our fleeing nationals.

”We also greatly appreciate the possibility given to some of our nationals to stay in Poland to continue their studies.
“As far as trade relations are concerned, we would like to see an increase in the level of trade, as it remains relatively low despite the long period of relations between our two countries,” he said.

Buhari, who welcomed the hosting of a dialogue that will bring together various members of the business sectors of Nigeria and Poland, during the state visit, added that it was an excellent initiative to increase the level of trade between the two countries.

Nigeria and Poland signed a memorandum of understanding on agriculture, while pledging to expand areas of economic cooperation in the energy and manufacturing sectors.