Jaiyeola Andrews in Abujaâ€¨
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday lauded the cordial bilateral relations between Nigeria and Ethiopia.
He said it had encouraged leading Nigerian companies to establish branches in the Horn of Africa nation.
The president spoke at an audience with the outgoing Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Abdo Suleiman.
In a statement by the presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan said economic ties between both countries had improved significantly in the last three years.
The president also observed that the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between both countries had resulted in regular flights from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to four major cities in Nigeria – Abuja, Lagos, Enugu and Kano.
He commended the outgoing ambassador for working hard to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Ethiopia during his tenure in Abuja.
Ambassador Suleiman, who served in Abuja for three years, told the President he was leaving with very happy memories of Nigeria.
The ambassador thanked President Jonathan for the support and cooperation he received from the federal government which, he said, had greatly helped to facilitate the expansion of trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Ethiopia.