New Delhi – Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, engaged in a series of diplomatic meetings with prominent world leaders during the G-20 summit in New Delhi. These discussions centered on economic diplomacy and the enhancement of bilateral relations.
Tinubu’s high-profile meetings included talks with United States President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The primary objective was to strengthen economic ties and explore opportunities for collaboration in various sectors.
President Tinubu also had discussions with United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to address pending disputes between the two countries. Additionally, he met with the presidents of the World Bank and the European Commission to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations with various nations.
In his meeting with President Biden, Tinubu received commendation for Nigeria’s efforts to revive its economy and for his role as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in resolving the Nigerien crisis.
Chancellor Scholz of Germany expressed interest in expanding economic relations with Nigeria, acknowledging the favorable business environment created by the Nigerian government. He even proposed a visit to Nigeria in October to further discussions and initiatives.
President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea praised Nigeria’s regional leadership and expressed interest in investing in Nigeria’s education, technology, and energy sectors. Tinubu emphasized the importance of rapidly implementable agreements and the active involvement of South Korean companies in various sectors.
Prime Minister Modi of India discussed potential collaborations in agricultural development, ICT innovation, and FinTech growth. Both leaders expressed commitment to advancing their partnership in these areas.
Tinubu also met with several other world leaders on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, including Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank.
In a statement released by the U.S. government, President Biden emphasized the enduring commitment to the U.S.-Nigeria relationship and praised Tinubu’s efforts to reform Nigeria’s economy and promote democracy in the region.
Furthermore, Tinubu accepted an invitation from President Biden to meet on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York City, reinforcing the importance of their discussions.
During a technical stopover in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tinubu held follow-up discussions with UAE authorities to address bilateral issues and promote investment opportunities in both countries.
These diplomatic engagements reflect Nigeria’s commitment to expanding its economic partnerships and fostering international cooperation for mutual benefit.