The President, who extended the invitation on Thursday during a ceremony to receive the Letters of Credence of the Ambassadors of Belgium, Mauritania, Austria, and Norway at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also said youth development, integration, and employment remain a priority for his administration.
According to a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said “Nigeria is ready to pursue broader dialogue, as well as enhance cooperation and collaboration on the basis of constructive mutual respect and a shared vision for our future.
“As you may know, Nigeria is an ethnic and culturally diverse society with various opportunities which we seek to creatively utilise for the benefit of our people. We are also a country with a huge population that is predominantly youthful.
“These pose peculiar new challenges of their own. As Nigeria relates to your countries, it is our expectation that we should leverage the advantages that can yield positive results in youth development in our country.”
The Ambassadors who presented their Letters of Credence to the President are Mr. Daniel Bertrand, Ambassador of Belgium, Mr. Amedi Camara, Ambassador of Mauritania, Mr. Thomas Schlesinger, Ambassador of Austria, and Mr. Knut Eiliv Lein, Ambassador of Norway.
Buhari said Nigeria enjoys very good bilateral relations with the respective countries and had collaborated at the multilateral level to achieve targets set by several international conventions and treaties.
“Allow me to offer you my sincere congratulations as you commence your diplomatic duties as defined by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. As we celebrate its 60th anniversary, next year, it is my hope that you will carry out your respective mandates to improve existing cordial relations between our countries consistent with the provisions of this time-honored convention.’’