Venezuelan, Nigerian Foreign Ministers hold virtual preparatory meeting of First Joint Bilateral Commission

At a virtual meeting held on Thursday, Venezuela’s and Nigeria’s Foreign Ministers, Jorge Arreaza and Geoffrey Onyeama, agreed to activate their teams to set up the 1st Joint Bilateral Commission and strengthen the strategic cooperation between their countries.

The minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs posted on his Twitter account @jaarreaza that, in the conversation with his Nigerian counterpart, they agreed to raise their multilateral cooperation to the highest level. Both countries are members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Regarding international integration, Foreign Ministers Arreaza and Onyeama agreed on the need of defending multilateralism and transforming the United Nations.

Likewise, they said they will hold preparatory meetings, as far as the COVID-19 pandemic enables them, to convene the 1st Joint Commission, and they identify ahead the hydrocarbon, agricultural, industrial and commercial areas as axis of potential development to strengthen their bilateral cooperation.

In September last year, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a meeting with President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of the 74th Period of Sessions of the UN General Assembly in order to strengthen diplomatic and cooperation ties.

Likewise, in February 2018, as part of the South-South Dignity Tour, Arreaza visited Nigeria and met with Onyeama to sign agreements in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure and education.

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