TOKYO, October 26, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On Tuesday, October 23, Mr. Yoshihiro Noda, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call by Hon. TAMBUWAL, Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria, who is visiting Japan on the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, for approximately 15 minutes from 11:30. The overview of the meeting is as follows:
Prime Minister Noda welcomed the Hon. Tambuwal's visit to Japan and stated that he would like to further strengthen friendly and cooperative relations with Nigeria which is a cornerstone for stability and growth in West African region.
In response, Hon. Tambuwal expressed his appreciation for support from Japan. He also introduced the fact that trade between Japan and Nigeria has been expanding recently, and expressed his expectation for further development of Japan-Nigeria relationship in private sector.
Prime Minister Noda stated that he would like President Goodluck Jonathan to participate in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) which will be held next year. Hon. Tambuwal replied that he appreciated for the invitation, and stated that the House of Representatives of the National Assembly would also support Nigeria's participation to TICAD process.
Source: Japan - Ministry of Foreign Affairs