UAE announces lifting of the visa ban on citizens of this Islamic country

UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed announces the lifting of the visa ban on citizens of an Islamic country and the start of flights

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According to Nigerian government sources, the UAE has lifted its visa restriction on Nigerians.

President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was in the UAE on a business visit.

UAE announces the lifting of the visa ban

After the visit, the Nigerian president announced the “immediate cessation of the visa ban placed on Nigerian travellers”.

Etihad and Emirates will restart flights into and out of Nigeria, according to the Nigerian president.

After diplomatic meetings, President Tinubu declared five agreements:

  • Visa prohibition on Nigerians visiting the UAE lifted immediately
  • Flights into and out of Nigeria resume
  • An agreement for billions in African economic investments
  • Joint forex liquidity program
  • A promise to normalize ties between the nations

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, special advisor to the Nigerian president, said: “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Monday in Abu Dhabi, had a historic agreement, which ended the visa ban on Nigerian travelers immediately.

By this historic deal, Etihad and Emirates Airlines must immediately restart flights into and out of Nigeria.

“As negotiated between the two Heads of State, this immediate restoration of flight activity, through these two airlines and between the two countries, does not involve any immediate payment by the Nigerian government.”

At the meeting at Qasr Al Shati in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed congratulated Tinubu on becoming president earlier this year and wished him luck in bringing Nigeria and its people to greater prosperity.

Sheikh Mohamed hoped the two presidents will strengthen UAE-Nigeria cooperation for the benefit of both nations.

The UAE and Nigerian presidents discussed economic, development, energy, and climate action partnership to boost sustainable economic growth.

Two sides also discussed regional and international events of significance.

Both parties stressed the necessity of fostering and allowing international collaboration to address global concerns including climate change at the COP28 climate summit in the UAE later this year.

Sheikh Mohamed stressed the UAE's commitment to building relationships with nations that want stability, sustainable progress, and human development.

He said that the UAE values its connection with Nigeria as part of its African strategy.

The President of Nigeria expressed his joy to visit the UAE and pledged to strengthen bilateral collaboration to promote sustainable development and prosperity in both nations.

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