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Nigeria, UAE sign pacts to enhance ties


Peace-City,UAENIGERIA and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday signed six agreements to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

The signing of the agreements on trade, finance and judicial matters, among others, was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Buhari led a delegation of Nigerians to Dubai, where they participated in the World Future Energy Summit.

Highlights of the conference included the pact signed between the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and his counterpart in the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Bin Saeed Albadi, on the Judicial Agreements on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters, and Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters, which includes the recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth.

According to a statement by the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina yesterday, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Obaid Attayar, signed the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement, while the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah signed the Agreement on Trade Promotion and Protection with the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs.

At a reception after the signing of the agreements, Buhari reiterated his administration’s commitment to fighting corruption and restoring Nigeria’s dignity in the comity of nations.

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