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Venezuela to strengthen energy ties with Nigeria

With the activation of a High Level Mixed Commission that will lead to the full development of the Energy Cooperation Accord signed in 2000 by PDVSA (Venezuela’s state oil company) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Enrique Arrundell, the new Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria, will reinforce bilateral ties.

In an interview with Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), the Ambassador explained that his job will be to implement signed accords and create new agreements that strengthen relations, all under a framework of a process of revision, correction and reinvigoration.

Among the agreements to be reinvigorated, Arrundell mentioned the Economic and Technical Cooperation accord signed in 1994, the Culture and Education Accord also signed in 1994, and a Memorandum of Political Consultation between the Foreign Ministries of Venezuela and Nigeria.

“We also wish to reinvigorate a Cultural Rapprochement of Friendship signed in 1997 between the mayoralty of Libertador municipality [in Caracas] and the Nigerian state of Benín.  The objective [of this accord] is an exchange of experiences in the spheres of culture, craftworks and citizenship,” said the Venezuelan diplomat.

Furthemore, Arrundell explained that the upcoming Africa-South America (ASA) Summit will be an opportunity to deepen ties with Nigerian institutions, hold meetings with them and schedule new negotiations so that Venezuela and Nigeria can be a determining factor in the results of this bi-continental meeting.

Finally, the Ambassador indicated that the embassies of Nigeria and Venezuela are continuing to study the common needs both countries in terms of trade so as to determine which resources would benefit each people, thereby establishing complementary trade.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 20, 2009

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