The U.S. places high premium on its diplomatic ties with Nigeria, an official of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, says.
Mr Aruna Amirthanayagam, the new Counselor for Public Affairs in the Embassy of the U.S.A, said this when he visited the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The counselor, who said he has had extensive career in the U.S. Foreign Service, said he also admired the people and culture of the country.
“Nigeria is very dear to my heart,’’ he said.
Amirthanayagam said the visit was to enable him “learn a little bit more about the agency and all the good work it is doing’’.
While expressing happiness that he will serve in Nigeria for the next three years, the official solicited for a more robust relationship with NAN.
Responding, the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Bayo Onanuga, said that the agency which became operational in 1978, provides content for a number of newspapers, radio and television stations across the world.
Onanuga described NAN as the largest news agency in Africa and has collaboration with many foreign news agencies, including Reuters, AP and AFP.