Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has sought closer economic ties with Saudi Arabia for the benefit of both countries.
Saraki spoke yesterday when he received the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Fahad Sefyan in his office at the National Assembly.
A statement by his media office quoted the Senate president to have acknowledged an existing cordial relations between the two countries, which is being strengthened by business and religious trips by Nigerians to Saudi Arabia year in year out.
“This is based on culture, religion and many things and I think we want to continue building on that relationship. We continue to treasure this beneficial exchange. What remains is for us to have robust, thriving mutually beneficial business and investment-related exchange,” Saraki was said to told the envoy.
He further stated that the desire to improve on the relationship has become necessary in view of the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the emergence of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as leaders of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia respectively.
According to him, the leaders of the two countries desired improved economic relationship, adding, “I want to assure you on behalf of the Senate and the senators here that Nigeria highly appreciates the relationship with the Kingdom and also to urge you to pass our best wishes to King Salman.