From LAIDE AKINBOADE
The Egyptian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wael-Adel Nadir, said his country has concluded arrangements to open a defence office in Abuja.
Nadir made the announcement when he paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olukunle Bamgbose, in Abuja, on Thursday.
He said the establishment of the office which was approved by the government of his country, was first of its kind in Africa.
According to Nadir, the operations of the office would strengthen military relations between the two countries.
He said plans were in the offing for the Egyptian Minister of Defence to visit his Nigerian counterpart to perfect the taking off of the office.
The envoy noted excellent bilateral relations between Nigeria and Egypt particularly with regard military cooperation and stressed the need for both countries to re-establish political consultations with a view to addressing matters affecting their bilateral relations.
Nadir said reopening the platform for consultation would require both ministries agreeing on a Memorandum of Understanding.
Bamgbose in his remarks commended the visiting envoy for coming to Nigeria, and assured that Nigeria was ready to quicken the process of reestablishing the bilateral political consultations.
The permanent Secretary said that the platform would be an avenue to deepen existing relations between the two countries.
The two officials agreed for the maiden meeting to be held sometime in July or August.