The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, engaged with Amb. Faisal Al-Ghamdi, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Nigeria, calling for the removal of travel restrictions imposed on Nigerians who intend to visit Saudi Arabia.
Ibrahim Aliyu, Special Media Assistant to Mr. Dada, made this known in a statement made available to the media on Saturday in Abuja.
Dada appealed to the Saudi Authority to urgently review the travel restrictions it placed on Nigerians over the Omicron outbreak, as many countries have already done.
The Minister noted that many countries that had previously imposed bans on Nigeria had reversed their positions after having studied Nigeria’s achievements in containing the pandemic.
“Although Nigeria has fully understood that the reason for the ban by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was in the best interest of its citizens.
“But the measures taken so far by the Nigerian authorities to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant have made it possible for many countries to consider Nigeria as safe, removing Nigeria from blacklisted countries,” said Mr. Dadaist.
Mr. Dada praised the cordial relationship that existed for years and continued to exist between the two countries.
While expressing optimism for a timely response to Nigeria’s request from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dada pledged to continue providing all necessary support and cooperation to the Ambassador.
Mr. Al-Ghamdi in his response expressed satisfaction with the Nigerian government’s effort to contain the spread of Omicron and promised to convey Nigeria’s message to the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia.
He stated that just like in Nigeria where there were agencies in charge of monitoring and fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Saudi Arabia also had similar agencies in charge of monitoring and controlling the pandemic.
Al-Ghamdi thanked the Minister for his commitment to improving bilateral relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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