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War on terrorism: Jonathan calls for more international co-operation

Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Tuesday called for greater global co-operation and co-ordination in the war against terrorism.

Jonathan made the call while receiving the new ambassadors of Israel, Russia, Greece, Algeria and Senegal who presented their letters of credence to him during separate visits to the Presidential Villa.

He said Nigeria and other countries would benefit immensely from greater collaboration amongst their security agencies in efforts to combat domestic and international terrorism.

“Nigeria will welcome increased co-operation with countries that are more experienced in such matters like the on-going operations against domestic terrorist groups,’’ the president told the ambassadors.

Jonathan also told the new Israeli Ambassador, Mr. Uriel Palti, that he looked forward to visiting Israel later in the year.

He said the visit would afford him the opportunity of discussing ways of enhancing bilateral co-operation between Nigeria and Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The other ambassadors received by the president were Mr. Alekos Oikonomopoulos from Greece, Mr. Nikolay Udovichenko from Russia, Mr. Belkacem Smaili from Algeria and Mr. Amadou Habibou from Senegal.

Jonathan assured the ambassadors that the Federal Government would fully support their efforts to strengthen existing cordial relations between Nigeria and their countries.

On their part, the new ambassadors all expressed their delight at being posted to Nigeria.

They also promised to do everything possible to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between their countries and Nigeria. (NAN)


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