The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the lifting of the visa ban on Nigerian travelers after a successful meeting between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.
In addition to the visa ban being lifted, an important agreement was reached for the immediate resumption of flight schedules for Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines to and from Nigeria, without any further delays.
The news was shared through a statement issued by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Media and Publicity.
According to the statement, the restoration of flight activity and the resumption of visa services do not require the Nigerian government to make any immediate payments. This is in recognition of President Tinubu’s economic development diplomacy drive and the proposals he presented to President Al Nahyan, which have resulted in the establishment of an agreed framework involving several billion dollars worth of new investments in the Nigerian economy. These investments will be made by the investment arms of the Government of the United Arab Emirates, spanning various sectors including defense and agriculture.
Furthermore, President Tinubu has successfully negotiated a joint foreign exchange liquidity program between the two governments, aimed at boosting economic growth. Details of this program will be announced in the coming weeks.
In conclusion, President Tinubu expresses his gratitude to UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his unwavering friendship and commitment to enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries, with the aim of achieving excellence and normalizing relations.