Mustapha Suleiman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mustapha Suleiman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Suleiman has said that the next session of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission is expected to  hold in October in Pretoria to develop documented solutions to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country.

Suleiman told the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in Abuja, that the Confab, which would be attended by Nigerian and South African officials, is part of government’s efforts at ending attacks of Nigerian nationals in South Africa.

The Nigeria-South Africa confab was established in 1999 to promote trade and investment as well as enhance people-to-people cooperation and institution building between the two countries. According to its statute, the Confab, which was being headed by vice presidents of both countries, was borne out of a commitment by Nigeria and South Africa to effectively structure bilateral relations through the establishment of a Bi-National Commission.