Boko Haram: Lebanon Prepared To Partner Nigeria In Countering Insurgency

The Lebanese Government has Abuja expressed readiness to partner Nigeria in curbing insurgency and terrorism in the country.

The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Mr Gebran Bassil, told newsmen that the government was willing to exchange notes and share experiences with Nigeria in the area of military intelligence.

Lebanese Foreign minister in Berlin
“Terrorism is something that is targeting our human values, using Islam to hurt people but Islam is far away from it.

“Every part of the world is having a different name for the same concept of killing and hurting people.

“It is so sad that we have to face this in the 21st century but I think with our determination and our attachment to our principles we are here standing together, Lebanese and Nigerians, to confront this and we will overcome it for sure.

“By building strong relations between us, (through) military and judiciary means, we can have a network of security for our countries instead of a series of violence.”

Bassil also said the judicial cooperation between both countries would ensure that perpetrators of terrorist acts were “without impunity’’.
He condemned the recent attack in Kano and expressed his government’s condolences.

“The unrest is spreading all over, and unfortunately it is spreading in Africa.

“We came here to stand by Nigeria and express our condolences over the latest suicide attack in Kano; it is an unfair act that is targeting our worldwide system,” he said.

He also expressed his government’s condolences over the death of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru.

Also speaking, Amb. Aminu Wali, Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed Nigeria’s readiness to strengthen the existing relations with Lebanon.

Wali said both countries were working towards enhancing economic cooperation.

“We need to enhance cooperation in sharing information and experiences in terms of the containment of terrorism because Lebanon has had a history of terrorist activities which we are facing now in Nigeria.

“We also discussed how to improve our relationship in terms of the economic cooperation between the two countries.

The minister said both countries were working toward improving air transport services between them.
(NAN)

Author: News Editor

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