Monday, 18 March 2013

President Jonathan Receives President Michel Sleiman Of Lebanon Lebanese Hostages In Northern Nigeria Top Agenda

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has admitted that some of the 8 foreign Nationals being held hostage by terrorists in Northern Nigeria may be dead due to ill health and other complications. 

The President spoke on Monday as he received Lebanese President Michel Sleiman who is on a 2 day working visit to Nigeria

President Jonathan however expressed confidence that based on security reports most of the hostages are still alive and will be rescued soon.

Nigeria has over the past 2 days played host to Foreign representations from countries whose National are being held as hostages.

On Saturday French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was in Abuja with a message from President Francois Hollande while on Monday he received at State house President Michel Sleiman of Lebanon.

Of course the issue of the hostages would top the agenda in these discussions and though he is placed in a difficult position, President Jonathan continues to give assurances that his government is doing everything within its resources to secure their release.

Beyond the hostage situation, Nigeria and Lebanon have agreed to deepen their bilateral ties along 5 broad categories: works and infrastructure development, trade and investment, culture and tourism Security and Aviation.

The Lebanese President acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian government in trying to resolve the hostage situation.

But he was called upon by members of his delegation that Lebanon was secure and stable and determined to go ahead with elections slated for later this month.

President Sleiman was also quick to assure would be Nigerian investors that their investments would be secure in Lebanon.

This is the first visit of a Lebanese President to Nigeria since independence in 1960.

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