ISLAMABAD : President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake an official visit to Nigeria beginning from April 21, Foreign Office said on Thursday. The four-day visit is taking place at the invitation of the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. According to FO, this is an important visit since it would be the first presidential visit from Pakistan to Nigeria in last three decades. During his stay in Abuja, the President would meet the President of Nigeria.
The Vice President of Nigeria and senior Nigerian officials would also call on the President. The visit will provide a good opportunity to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.
The two sides would discuss ways and means for further strengthening of relations between the two countries particularly in the field of economic and trade cooperation. The President would also address the Business Forums in Abuja and in Lagos, says the FO.
Nigeria is an important member of D-8, OIC and the UN where the two countries closely collaborate. The trade relations between Pakistan and Nigeria have improved considerably. The total volume of trade between the two countries almost doubled recently from earlier $30.677 million in 2011-2012 to $67.361million in 2012-2013.