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Jonathan urges Nigeria, South Africa to strengthen relations

President Goodluck Jonathan said on his visit to South Africa was a confirmation of Nigeria’s longstanding relationship with that country.

Jonathan made the statement at a dinner in his honour in Cape Town, South Africa, to round off his one-day visit to South Africa.

He said the two countries should continue to consult and collaborate on matters that concerned Africa.

“This visit has been able to put paid to the talk in some quarters that Nigeria and South Africa are competing and never agree.

“There is no rivalry between us, we are two countries of long standing relationship that dated to struggle for the liberation struggle,” Jonathan said.

He said Nigeria and South Africa would take the opportunities of the visit not only to move the two countries forward but the whole of the continent.

Jonathan commended South Africa for the high standard of infrastructure development that had made it to host major international events.

He said the two countries would continue to work together to promote and protect the African continent.

Jonathan extended an invitation to President Jacob Zuma to visit Nigeria.

Zuma in his remark thanked Nigeria for its role in the development of Africa and providing leadership in the continent.

“The state visit takes bilateral relationship further which is dated back to the years of struggle; I must once again commend the selfless contribution of Nigeria towards end to apartheid.

“Africa looks up towards Nigeria and South Africa for leadership in Africa, we must work together so that Africa interest will be taking care off in the international institutions,” Zuma said.

He commended the roles which former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Thabo Mbeki played in the establishment of NEPAD.

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