Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
NIGERIA and Egypt have agreed to combine efforts to fight the global menace of terrorism in Africa.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdelfattah el-Sisi, during a meeting on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum on Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, holding in Aswan, Egypt, agreed that fighting the menace of terrorism on the continent needs collaboration.
According to a statement signed by Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari said West African countries were already in close collaboration towards combatting terrorism by setting up a multinational task force.
He said since terrorism was a worldwide phenomenon, more collaborative efforts were needed to rein in the menace.
“Together with other West African leaders, we are working hard to ensure that terrorism is eradicated. It is also important that the conflicts in North of Africa, particularly in Libya, do not frustrate our efforts. We seek your cooperation in this regard”, Buhari said.
Also speaking, President el-Sisi conveyed his appreciation to his Nigerian counterpart for honouring his invitation to participate in the gathering and for his contributions. He also praised the Nigerian President for his leadership qualities and pledged to deepen cooperation and partnership with Nigeria in all areas of common interest.
The Egyptian leader briefed President Buhari on efforts of his government on counter-terrorism, particularly on the Sinai and the borders with Libya. He reiterated his willingness to synergise with the Nigerian government on all fronts to conquer the “evil of terrorism”.
The Egyptian President also invited President Buhari to the opening of the new capital and the Grand International Museum in October 2020.
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