President Bola Ahmed Tinubu arrived in Cotonou to participate in the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the Republic of Benin.
The Nigerian leader and his delegation departed Nigeria on Tuesday morning and were warmly welcomed by Benin Republic President, Patrice Talon, and other key government officials.
Accompanying President Tinubu on this one-day visit were some of his political aides and a group of six governors: Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (Kwara), Nasir Idris (Kebbi), and Mohammed Umar Bago (Niger).
Prior Meetings and Diplomatic Engagements:
The meeting in Cotonou marks the continuation of engagements between President Tinubu and President Talon.
Earlier, they had first met on the sidelines of the summit on the New Global Financing Pact in Paris, France.
During that meeting, President Tinubu emphasized the importance of reviewing and strengthening cultural, trade, and economic relations between Nigeria and Benin.
They discussed matters related to joint border patrols by Customs and the harmonization of regulations at the frontlines.
Furthermore, the two leaders crossed paths again during the 63rd Ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Guinea-Bissau.
More recently, they met in Abuja to discuss political developments in Niger Republic.
During this meeting, President Talon extended an invitation to President Tinubu to serve as the Special Guest of Honour for the Republic of Benin’s 63rd-anniversary celebration.
President Tinubu’s visit to Benin Republic for their 63rd anniversary marks a significant moment in strengthening diplomatic ties and fostering bilateral cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
The presence of a high-level delegation, including governors from Nigeria, underscores the commitment to enhancing relations at various levels.
As the leaders engage in discussions and celebration, the hope is that this visit will pave the way for further collaboration and mutual benefits for both nations.
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