Abdullahi Yibaikwal, Nigerian Ambassador to Russia (r), Presents His Letter of Credence to Vsevolod Tkachenko, Director of Department of Africa in the Russian Foreign Ministry, in Russia Photo: NAN

Russia’s committed to resuscitating Ajaokuta steel company, says Envoy

*Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs describes Nigeria as one of the most important countries on the African continent with which Russia has maintained cordial and mutually beneficial relationships in the past years

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

While describing Nigeria as one of the most important countries in Africa with which it has maintained cordial and mutually beneficial relationships over the years, Russia has restated its commitment to the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel Company, located in Kogi State of Nigeria.

Sergey Vershinin, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this at a ceremony to receive copies D’Usage of his letters of credence from Abdullahi Yibaikwal, Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, agency report said.

A statement issued by the Nigerian Embassy, in Moscow, Russia, said that the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister who was in company with the Director, Department of Africa in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Vsevolod Tkachenko, pledged that country’s commitment to reviving the steel company in the country.

Vershinin described Nigeria as one of the most important countries on the African continent with which Russia has maintained cordial and mutually beneficial relationships in the past years, according to report.

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs commended Nigeria for its understanding and support to resolutions sponsored by Russia at the United Nations (UN) level.

According to the envoy, Russia has been admitted as an Observer into the Non-Aligned Countries’ group and solicited Nigeria’s cooperation and support in dealing with global issues such as terrorism, transnational crimes, arms control, climate change and human rights.

In regard to the importance of the ceremony, Vershinin said it was to enable the Nigerian Ambassador to undertake diplomatic functions in the Russian Federation.

He wished the ambassador a successful and fruitful tour of duty in the Russian Federation.

Yibaikwal, in his remarks, thanked the Russian Government for its support to Nigeria and reiterated the need to sustain and deepen the mutual relations between both countries.

The Nigerian envoy was accompanied by Mr. Mohammed Atose and Ms. Uminuga Nglass, all officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow, report said.

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