The embattled president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, on Tuesday restated his commitment to strengthening the ties with Nigeria while hosting the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu at the Miraflores Palace, Caracas.
According to Globovision, Orji discussed with his host, strengthening relations between Nigeria and Venezuela, both members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC).
They also discussed matters of mutual interest in the gas and oil area, as well as the existing alliances through the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries to strengthen the Diplomacy of Peace with the peoples of the world, especially with Africa.
President Maduro also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the presidential polls.
Recibí al hermano Orji Uzor Kalu, Senador de la República Federal de Nigeria. Le expresé mis felicitaciones por la reciente victoria electoral del Presidente Electo, Muhammadu Buhari. Ratificamos nuestra disposición de seguir estrechando lazos de amistad y cooperación. pic.twitter.com/jEopvWbayu
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 21, 2019
“I received brother Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I expressed my congratulations on the recent electoral victory of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. We ratify our willingness to continue to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation.”
The executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, wife of Maduro, Cilia Flores and the deputy minister for Africa, Yuri Pimentel, were all present at the meeting.
Some reports said Orji sealed some deals for his Slok Holding, a conglomerate with interests in shipping, banking, oil trading.