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British minister proposes bilateral forum

British Foreign Minister Peter Hain on Monday announced plans for a Britain-Nigeria bilateral forum, according to a news release issued by the Deputy British High Commission in Lagos.

“I would envisage that our governments get together formally at least once a year at senior ministerial level to discuss issues such as foreign policy and conflict prevention, defence, industry, trade and health,” Hain said.

“I see this as a partnership of equals.”

He added that issues discussed during meetings with President Olusegun Obasanjo, Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Foreign Minister Sule Lamido included debt, economic reform and Sierra Leone. Hain is expected to travel to Sierra Leone on Wednesday.

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