Salman Kurshid unveils India-Nigeria Friendship Project

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Old 04-Oct-2010
Salman Kurshid unveils India-Nigeria Friendship Project

New Delhi October 4:

Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Corporate Affairs Salman Kurshid unveiled the foundation stone of India-Nigeria Friendship Hospital Project in Nigeria Capital Abuja on Saturday.

Nigerian Minister of State for Federal Capital territory Abuja, Navy Captain Caleb Olumolade and Dr Shabihul Hassan, Chairman of this project, were also present on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, National Chairman of Nigeria's Ruling Peoples' Democratic Party.

The project will be completed in two years time and will be the biggest healthcare project of its kind in West Africa. Salman Khurshid, as the head of an official Indian delegation, paid a 4-day visit to Abuja from Sept 29 to October 2, 2010 as representative of India at the 50th Independence Day celebrations of Nigeria.

He strongly condemned the bombings in Abuja that took place on Oct 1, the very day Nigeria was celebrating its Independence Day. Mr Khurshid also delivered a letter of condolence and solidarity to the President of Nigeria in which he said that India expresses its heartfelt sympathy to victims and their families and that the country is ready to assist Nigeria on security issues too.
The unveiling of India-Nigeria Friendship Hospital Project would further strengthen the already robust Indo-Nigerian friendship, as Nigeria is the largest trading partner of India in Africa. Bilateral annual trade turnover exceeds US USD 9 billion.

Both share common perspectives on international political, social and development issues and these have manifested in various meetings at UN, WTO, etc. Nigeria, like India, is strongly opposed to all forms of terrorism. India and Nigeria have regularly exchanged visits at governmental and commercial levels to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial relations.

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