By Joy Odor
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada has told the South Korean 1st Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Choi Jong Kun that Nigeria attaches great importance to the political, economic, defence, education and other spheres of her bilateral relations with the Republic of Korea.
Ambassador Zubairu Dada who stated this when Mr. Choi Jong Kun made him a one-day visit to Nigeria said Nigeria and the Republic of South Korea shared many things in common.
He noted that Mr. Choi Jong Kun visit is timely and would enable the two nations explore more areas of friendship that would be beneficial to both countries.
According to Ambassador Dada, Nigeria cherished and appreciated the visit of the South Korean Vice Minister to Nigeria and Africa which is first of its kind from South Korea.
He said the visit will open up a new chapter in the Nigerian-Korean relationship.
Ambassador Dada noted that to strengthen bilateral cooperation, the two countries would be meeting again in the 6th Session of the Nigeria-South Korea Joint Commission in Seoul, Republic of Korea in October this year (2021).
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs also stressed the need to deepen both countries ties of cooperation in various areas.
On global security challenges, Ambassador Dada stated that countries are still witnessing global terrorism of enormous magnitude and Nigeria had its own share of these challenges, especially in the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin as well as piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
He informed that as compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces including efforts of regional and international partners remain resolutely committed to continue to contain them and address their root causes.
The South Korean 1st Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Choi Jong Kun in his remarks, expressed his satisfaction over the reception received since his arrival into the country.
Mr. Choi Jong Kun said this is his first visit to Nigeria and indeed the entire African continent, he expressed the belief that the visit will pave ways for more collaboration, in readiness to the post COVID 19 era.