ABUJA – Nigeria signs visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and official passport holders Wednesday with Vietnam.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, the event took place at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock when the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo received the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Vuong Hue and his crew for the signing and swapping of the visa waiver Memorandum of Understanding.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo expressed his enthusiasm in a toast during dinner arranged after the signing of the visa waiver saying that Prof. Hue is his long lost brother as both share same month and year of birth, March 1957.
“First toast to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Long live the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; the next will be the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ Prof Yemi Osinbajo toasted.
He stated that although, Nigeria and Vietnam’s diplomatic relations dated since 1967 there were no serious value in it.
“So, this visit is very significant because we will be looking at the possibility of setting up a bilateral commission between Vietnam and Nigeria so that we can concretise the existing areas of cooperation that we discussed earlier today,” he said.
“I am confident that we can build on the successes recorded in the past while we work on boosting cooperation in business, trade and investment and social and cultural relationship between both countries,” he further stated.
“We agreed on promoting a friendly football match between Vietnam and Nigeria,” Prof. Yemi revealed.
“The Super Eagles and the Vietnamese National Team and as well the Female National Team of Vietnam and our Super Falcons,” he added.
Responding, Prof Hue noted that Vietnam and Nigeria shared so many things in common and that the two countries needed to promote and improve cultural relationship.
He also stated that he anticipates both Nigerian national football teams to play friendly with their Vietnamese counterparts whom he stated are a strong team in Asian football tournaments.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, said during his welcome address Prof. Hue and his Vietnamese crew has shown the readiness of Vietnam to intensify a good bilateral relationship with Nigeria.
“Indications are that their engagements are very fruitful and they are willing to take the relationship to the next level,” he said.
“On our part, we are, ready and willing to reciprocate; to pick up the challenge they have thrown to us,” Zubairu assured.
“This evening, we, signed an agreement on waiving Visa for people carrying diplomatic passport,” he added.