UAE Ends Visa Ban and Grants Permission for Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines to Resume Operations in Nigeria

The United Arab Emirates has lifted the visa ban imposed on Nigerian visitors following a meeting on Monday in Abu Dhabi between President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

According to a statement provided by the president’s spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu was also able to clinch a historic agreement between the two countries.

Furthermore, under this historic agreement, both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines will restart their flight schedules into and out of Nigeria immediately and without further delay.

According to the presidency, the two Heads of State’s agreement does not require any payment from the Nigerian government in order for both airlines to resume their flights between the two nations.

Mr Ajuri noted that the United Arab Emirates government’s arms have established a number of investments totalling billions into the Nigerian economy across numerous sectors.

In acknowledgement of President Tinubu’s diplomatic efforts for economic development and the proposals he made today to his colleague, he also emphasised that such investments would go into defence, agriculture, and other sectors.

Additionally, he added that President Tinubu was pleased to report that negotiation for a new, cooperative foreign exchange liquidity initiative between the two Governments had been fruitful.

He stated that the public would be made aware of the agreement’s specifics in the upcoming weeks.

According to him, the President also extended his gratitude to Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, for his friendship and his resolve to work with him to raise the bar for better relations between the two nations.

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