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Federal Government to Strengthen Military Ties with US through Bilateral Cooperation

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Dr Ibrahim Kana, has said that the Federal Government will continue to reinforce the bilateral relations with the United States on Military Cooperation.

A statement by the Director (Information & Public Relations), Henshaw Ogubike on Tuesday said Dr Kana gave his commitment when he hosted the delegations of the United States Air War College participants undertaking a Foreign Study Tour of allied countries at the Ship House, Abuja.

Describing the Nigerian foreign policy as Afrocentric, he said Nigeria had played a major role in providing peace support operations to many African countries such as Mali, Equatorial, Liberia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan and Chad, among others.

Nigeria and the United States of America have enjoyed a mutual bilateral relationship over the years following the establishment of a diplomatic relationship with Nigeria in 1960.

He further explained that the inauguration of the civilian President in 1999, had deepened the relationship between both countries and improved the cooperation on foreign policy goals such as regional peacekeeping.

The Permanent Secretary noted that the visit of the United States Air War College participants would help both countries reinforce military cooperation as a working tool for future collaboration.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Col. Gunter John appreciated the Permanent Secretary for granting them an audience, adding that the visit would afford them the opportunity of learning from Nigeria’s approach to defence management and the defence structures.

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