*As FG condemns Kosovo declaration
By Chinyere Amalu
ABUJAâ€”Nigeria and Serbian Government have opened bilateral talks on six strategic areas, even as Nigerian government has promised to re-open Nigerian mission in Serbia which was closed down in 2003.
Although the two countries specifically signed agreement on political dialogue weekend in Abuja, other areas that were opened for discussions included; assessment and economic relations, trade and investment cooperation, status of bilateral cooperation including joint commission, cooperation in defence, reopening of Nigeria embassy in Belgrade, and cooperation in international peace keeping process.
Also Nigerian government agreed to support Serbia in condemning unilateral declaration of Kosovo to become an independent state, saying that it would always be on the side of any country that was challenged by such problem and was willing to follow dialogue in solving the problem.
Signing on behalf of Nigerian Government, Foreign Affairs Minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe, said, â€œ the main objective of the discussion was to move the relationship existing between the two countries from adequately cordial to progressive.
â€œThis signing is the beginning of many others and we are not just going to end in signing, but actually we will implement it. Serbia support in making our membership in the Security Council a reality was something we really appreciatedâ€.