Alex Enumah in Abuja
The Federal Government of Nigeria has congratulated the leadership of both the United States of America (USA) and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) for hosting a successful summit, describing the feat as a historic achievement.
The federal government in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Elias-Fatile, said the joint statement signed by both President Donald Trump of the USA and Kim Jong is a demonstration of their commitment to world peace.
According to him, â€œThe Federal Government of Nigeria congratulates Chairman Kim Jong Un of Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and President Donald Trump of the United States of America on the historic achievement made at the â€œKim and Trump Summit, held earlier yesterday June, 2018, in Singapore, leading to the joint signing of a statement by the two leaders; emphasising the establishment of new relationship; building an enduring peace and stability; the denuclearisation efforts in the Korean Peninsula as well as recovery and repatriation of Prisoners of War (POW)/Missing in Action (MIA).
Nigeria said the success of the historic summit is a demonstration of commitment by the relevant parties towards de-escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula and a consolidation of the earlier achievement made during the Inter-Korean Summit of April 27, 2018, resulting in the Panmunjom Declaration between the leaders of the Koreas.
The federal government commended the bold step taken by the DPRK to dismantle the nuclear launch site as an indication of the determination to this peace process, adding that Nigeria is optimistic that the two countries would uphold the commitments made during this landmark summit.
â€œOn the whole, Nigeria appreciates the efforts by all parties involved in the process of the successful summit, especially the Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea, United States of America, Peopleâ€™s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Singaporeâ€, the statement read.
The spokesperson recalled that President Buhari had reiterated the need for a dÃ©marche between the parties involved towards the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in his speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, in September, 2017, which according to him, is in line with Nigeriaâ€™s foreign policy objectives.
He maintained that the outcome of the summit has further strengthened Nigeriaâ€™s position over the years on the need for continuous dialogue towards the attainment of pacific resolution of conflicts and crises.
â€œAssuredly, Nigeria will continue to advocate and promote peaceful resolution of conflict and crises around the worldâ€, he said.