Nigeria: ECOWAS accredits three new ambassadors

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three new ambassadors from India, China and Algeria to Nigeria on Friday presented their Letters of Credence for concurrent accreditation to the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) to the President of the Commission Kadré Desire Ouédraogo in Abuja.

While receiving the Indian High Commissioner Ajjampur Ranghai Ghanashyam, the ECOWAS boss described India as a source of inspiration and an example of a great democracy in the world given its huge population.

He expressed gratitude to the country for its support to ECOWAS, including for the strengthening of the Lomé-based ECOWAS Bank for Industry and Development (EBID) and solicited for more assistance in strengthening the region’s peace and stability, and deepening economic development, especially in agriculture, as well as energy and mining and private sector growth.

The Indian envoy pledged to work towards the reinforcement of the excellent relations between his country and ECOWAS and expressed the hope that more African countries would attend the India-Africa summit scheduled for December 2014.

While acknowledging the Letters of Credence of the Chinese Ambassador Gu Xiaojie, Ouédraogo recalled China’s continued support and solidarity with ECOWAS, including at the UN Security Council.

He also solicited for Chinese support in other areas including defence and security, while applauding the country’s recent grant for capacity building, the visit by a Chinese delegation for assistance in infrastructure development and the ECOWAS Headquarters Extension projects.

Ouédraogo also commended China for supporting Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, which he described as a regional threat, adding that one of ECOWAS’ major priorities was the maintenance of peace and security and deepening of democracy.

The ECOWAS chief accepted the Chinese ambassador's invitation to an October/November 2014 economic summit in China and pledged the Commission’s support to him for a successful tour.

Ambassador Xiaojie reiterated his commitment to closer cooperation and reinforcement of the excellent relations between his country and ECOWAS.

Receiving the Letters of the Algerian Ambassador Belkacem Smaili, Ouédraogo commended the special role played by Algiers towards the return of peace and stability to Mali following the country’s recent political and security crises.

He also reaffirmed ECOWAS’ disposition to continue to work with Algeria and other partners in the implementation of the Sahel Strategy and Initiative for sustainable peace and stability.

In his response, the Ambassador said Algeria attached great importance to its relations with ECOWAS and would continue to work for the improvement of the excellent cooperation.

He also promised that he would continue to work for peace, stability and economic development of neighbouring ECOWAS countries, and the facilitation of the Inter-Malian Political Dialogue.
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01 août 2014 22:38:50

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