Nigeria and Denmark Forge New Defense Partnership

By Mohammed Bello Doka

In a significant development, the Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle MON, has announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria is eager to establish a collaborative relationship with the Government of Denmark in the field of defense cooperation. This landmark decision was conveyed during a recent visit by the Denmark Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Sune Krogstrup, to Ship House.

Dr. Matawalle emphasized that although Nigeria and Denmark have enjoyed a long-standing friendly relationship, their collaboration has primarily focused on areas such as business rather than defense cooperation. The Minister expressed his belief that it is now time for both nations to deepen their mutual cooperation in the realm of defense, with the aim of promoting peace and security within Nigeria.

Acknowledging the importance of this partnership, Dr. Matawalle proposed that technical teams from both countries convene to engage in discussions and devise a practical framework for enhancing defense cooperation. This framework would encompass various aspects including the exchange of equipment and intelligence gathering, fostering a robust defense alliance.

Ambassador Krogstrup, in his opening remarks, lauded Nigeria's commitment to peace and security and expressed Denmark's keen interest in strengthening bilateral ties with Nigeria in the defense sector. The Ambassador emphasized that such cooperation would not only benefit the two nations but also contribute to regional stability.

The potential collaboration between Nigeria and Denmark in defense matters holds great promise for both countries. It signifies a significant step forward in their relationship, demonstrating their shared commitment to addressing security challenges and fostering stability. As discussions progress, the Ministry of Defence remains open to further partnerships and collaborations that will promote peace and security in Nigeria.

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