Interview of Geoffrey Onyeama with his French counterpart (9 November 2021)
The two ministers welcomed the quality of the relationship between France and Nigeria, an important partner for France in Africa.
Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, met yesterday with his Nigerian counterpart, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.
The two ministers welcomed the quality of the relationship between France and Nigeria, an important partner for France in Africa. The relationship between the two countries has been particularly strengthened in the economic field, notably through the launch of the France-Nigeria Business Council, and is illustrated by projects, supported by the French Development Agency, concerning access to water, energy, public transport and road infrastructure.
The two ministers discussed regional political issues, in particular the worrying situation in Mali, as well as the security challenges facing Nigeria and its neighbours. The meeting also focused on the fight against armed terrorist groups in the Lake Chad region. In this regard, Jean-Yves le Drian reaffirmed France’s support for the Mixed Multinational Force against Boko Haram.
The French minister stressed France’s determination to contribute to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, both bilaterally and via the European Union, particularly through the ramping up of the coordinated maritime presence project, which will be one of the priorities of the French Presidency of the European Union.