President Tinubu’s State Visit to Qatar will strengthen bilateral economic cooperation with Qatar

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The Presidency has reacted to a leaked diplomatic correspondence between the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Abuja and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s state visit to Qatar between 2 and 3 March, 2024.

The leaked diplomatic paper according to Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy is the hand work of mischief makers.

Furthermore, Onanuga stated that the correspondence is not in any way a snub on President Tinubu by the Qatari government. Accordingly
Onanuga stated that “the Note Verbale is about a private sector-led Business and Investment Forum to be held on the margins of President Bola Tinubu’s State Visit. The event is being put together by the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Qatar’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry where business people from Nigeria will engage their counterparts from Qatar on commercial and investment opportunities available in both countries”.

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy also re-emphasized the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries and affirmed that the State Visit by President Bola Tinubu to Qatar is on the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. He noted that the State Visit is particularly aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic cooperation between Nigeria and Qatar.

“NACCIMA and Qatar Chambers of Commerce and Industry are collaborating to take advantage of President Tinubu’s visit to Doha to mobilise the business community from our two countries to explore opportunities in key economic sectors such as oil and gas, manufacturing, agro-business, construction, real estate, ICT, Renewable Energy, Solid Minerals and service sector, among others”, Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy noted.

Furthermore, he said president Tinubu is expected to proceed to Qatar on the State Visit as scheduled and during the visit, the Nigerian leader will engage in high-level bilateral discussions with Qatari leader on many important matters, covering the full range of diplomatic and economic issues, hence he noted that it was not correct for anyone to insinuate that the Qatari authorities have snubbed the Nigerian leader over a business and investment forum which is tangential to the all-important State Visit and which President Tinubu is slated to attend as a guest.

President Tinubu and His Highness Al-Thani are both committed to maintaining and building on the existing cordial and special relationship between Nigeria and the State of Qatar, he stated.

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