On 16 May, the Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs met with the non-resident Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Latvia Frank Ngozi Isoh, who had arrived on a farewell visit.
State Secretary Pildegovičs noted that Latvian-Nigerian relations had developed significantly over the recent years: as early as next week, Latvia will see a visit from Martin I. Uhomoibhi, Permanent Secretary of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who will take part in political consultations and the Africa Day Forum. The ambassador commended the progress of Latvian-Nigerian bilateral relations and expressed hope that the upcoming political consultations would contribute significantly to strengthening political, economic and cultural relations between Latvia and Nigeria.
As the parties took stock of international developments, Mr Pildegovičs informed the ambassador about the engagement of Latvian troops in security operations in Africa, focusing in particular on the decision to send Latvian soldiers to the Central African Republic for participation in the EU military operation. The ambassador welcomed Latvia's actions and stressed that a stable security situation was a significant prerequisite for the development of African countries.
Reviewing the security situation further, State Secretary Pildegovičs voiced hope that the case of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would be solved as soon as possible and expressed support for the Nigerian government's fight against terrorism. In conclusion, the parties discussed cooperation in international organisations.
As part of his farewell visit, the ambassador also met with the Deputy Speaker of the Saeima Andrejs Klementjevs.
H.E. Ambassador Frank Ngozi Isoh was accredited in Latvia on 16 October 2012 and resided in Kyiv, Ukraine.