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Iran restates commitment to assisting Nigeria fight terror


The Consular of the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Wednesday restated Iran’s determination to support Nigeria in its fight against terror.

Mr Saeed Omidi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Iran would use its experience on fighting terror to assist Nigeria in to check the activities of terrorists.

“Iran has been passionate about ending the reign of terrorism anywhere.

“Iran is currently supporting the Iraqi army in its fight against ISIS, a terrorist organisation that has been reportedly linked to Boko Haram.

“Iran has sent forth a helping hand to Nigeria, promising to help Nigeria in every way possible in her fight against terrorism,’’ he said.

The envoy said that the consulate was planning to hold a seminar in Lagos on the effects of terror and ways to end the “terrible act”.

Omidi, who expressed his government’s willingness to strengthen its cultural ties with Nigeria in the years ahead, said that many Iranian companies had indicated interest in boosting Nigeria’s investment drive.

The Iranian said the consulate would continue to organise seminars and exhibitions for promoting cultural, economic and educational relations between both countries.

“Nigeria and Iran have a strong cultural relationship, due to similarities in their cultures.

“Today, Iranian paintings, sculptures, pottery, furniture and literature are relatively demanded in the northern part of Nigeria,’’ he said.

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