President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday hailed this week’s nuclear programme deal between Iran and six world powers, describing it as a major step toward ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East.
He spoke at the State House, Abuja, when he received the Iranian Vice-President for Executive Affairs, Mohammed Shariatmadari, who had come to formally invite the Nigerian leader to attend an upcoming Summit of Gas Exporting Countries in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
He explained that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Nigeria would faithfully implement the terms of the agreement by all concerned parties.
The President said it was in the interest of developing countries to maximize the use of their natural resources for the improvement of the living conditions of their people.
Shariatmadari congratulated Buhari on his election and assured him of Iran’s support in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
“The government of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran advocates moderation and departure from any form of extremism,” he said.