Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a historic diplomatic achievement, finalized a groundbreaking agreement with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during their meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday. This landmark accord resulted in the immediate lifting of the visa ban imposed on Nigerian travelers, marking a significant turning point in bilateral relations.
As a direct outcome of this agreement, both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines will promptly resume their flight schedules to and from Nigeria, ending any further delays in air travel between the two nations.
Crucially, this restoration of flight operations involves no immediate financial commitment from the Nigerian government, as explicitly negotiated between the two Heads of State.
Recognizing President Tinubu’s robust economic development diplomacy efforts and the proposals he presented during the meeting, an agreed-upon framework has been established. This framework paves the way for substantial investments worth billions of U.S. dollars into the Nigerian economy across various sectors, including defense, agriculture, and more. These investments will be facilitated by the investment arms of the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
In a significant development, President Tinubu successfully negotiated a joint foreign exchange liquidity program between the two governments, which will be detailed in the coming weeks.
In conclusion, President Tinubu commended UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his unwavering friendship and commitment to working together to fully normalize and elevate the standard of relations between these two influential nations.
This landmark agreement marks a pivotal moment in the diplomatic history of Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, opening up new opportunities for cooperation and economic growth.