LEGISREPORTS NG – The People`s Republic of China, has endorsed Nigeria`s bid for a permanent sent on the United Nations Security Council.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Mr. Turaki Hassan, said the Chinese gave their nod for Nigeria`s quest to occupy a permanent seat on the UN security council during a meeting between the Speaker and the Chinese officials at the United Nations, New York.
China`s endorsement of Nigeria`s bid was disclosed by the Speaker of the People`s Parliament of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang after a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara in New York, United States on Sunday.
Speaker Dogara had pleaded with China to use its position as a permanent member of the UN security council to support Nigeria`s quest for the democratisation of the council.
“We appreciate China for its effort to democratise the institution of the United Nation and appeal that you support our bid to occupy a permanenr seat on the security council,” Dogara said.
Responding, Mr. Dejiang said there must be a better representation of developing countries in the United Nations and that Nigeria being an influential country in the world deserved a seat on the council.
“We support the legitimate demands of Nigeria for a permanent seat on the UN security council, together with the reform of the UN,” Mr. Dejiang said.
Mr. Dejiang who met with Speaker Dogara on the sidelines at the convention of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in New York, United States on Sunday said China is solidly behind the legitimate demands of Nigeria for a permanent seat on the security council.
Nigeria, along with other developing countries like Brazil and India have been campaigning for the expansion of the UN security council.
Meanwhile, a parliamentary friendahip group between Nigeria`s National Assembly and the Parliament of the People`s Republic of China would be established soon.
Both Speaker Dogara and Mr. Dejiang of the Chinese parliament gave their approval to the proposal for the creation of such group in the coming months.
The Speaker had also appealed to the Chinese government to review its 5 percent tax on Nigeria`s agricultural exports.
He said Nigerians had pleaded with him to take up the issue with the Chinese authorities.
Mr. Dejiang promised to forward the request to the appropriate authorities in China for necessary action.
The meeting was held at the instance of the Chinese delegates led by Mr. Dejiang who also promised to attract Chinese investors to come to Nigeria.
The Chinese delegation also pledged to support Nigeria in the fight against terrorism describing it as a global scourge.
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