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Nigeria and Asia

Nigeria and Asia

CountryFormal Relations BeganNotes
Armenia4 February 1993

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 4 February 1993.

  • Armenia does not have an accreditation to Nigeria.
  • Nigeria is accredited to Armenia from its embassy in Tehran, Iran.
Bangladesh1972

Nigeria and Bangladesh established diplomatic relations in 1972, following the Bangladeshi war of independence from Pakistan. Both nations are members of the Commonwealth, the OIC and the Developing 8 Countries, and are identified as Next Eleven economies.

  • Bangladesh has a high commission in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has a high commission in Dhaka.
China10 February 1971

Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China established formal diplomatic relations on February 10, 1971. Relations between the two nations grew closer as a result of the international isolation and Western condemnation of Nigeria’s military regimes (1970s-1998). Nigeria has since become an important source of oil and petroleum for China’s rapidly growing economy and Nigeria is looking to China for help in achieving high economic growth; China has provided extensive economic, military and political support. In 2004 and again in 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao made state visits to Nigeria and addressed a joint session of the National Assembly of Nigeria. Both nations signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a strategic partnership. China has supported Nigeria’s bid for a seat in the U.N. Security Council.

  • China has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Beijing and consulates-general in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
India 

The bilateral relations between the Republic of India and the Federal Republic of Nigeria have considerably expanded in recent years with both nations building strategic and commercial ties. Nigeria supplies 20% of India’s crude oil needs and is India’s largest trading partner in Africa.

  • India has a high commission in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has a high commission in New Delhi.
Indonesia 
  • Indonesia has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Jakarta.
Iran 
  • Iran has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Tehran.
Israel1960

Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1960. Between 1973 and 1992, diplomatic relations were severed. Since September 1992, bilateral relations are better.

  • Israel has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Tel Aviv.
Japan 
  • Japan has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Tokyo.
Lebanon 
  • Lebanon has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Beirut.
Malaysia 
  • Malaysia has a high commission in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has a high commission in Kuala Lumpur.
Pakistan 
 
Defence attachés from Pakistan and Russia visit the communications tent at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Abuja, Nigeria, on July 21, 2008, during Africa Endeavour 2008.

The two states have maintained a close relationship, a relationship which is described by the Nigerian Defence Minister as “friendly” and like a “family tie”

  • Nigeria has a high commission in Islamabad.
  • Pakistan has a high commission in Abuja.
Philippines 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Manila.
  • Philippines has an embassy in Abuja.
Qatar 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Doha.
  • Qatar has an embassy in Abuja.
Saudi Arabia 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Riyadh and a consulate-general in Jeddah.
  • Saudi Arabia has an embassy in Abuja.
South Korea 

Visits from the Republic of Korea to Nigeria: 1982 August President Chun Doo-hwan 1994 May Special Envoy of the President Roh Young-chan 1999 May Special Envoy of the President Choi Kwang-soo 2002 September Minister of Construction and Transportation Lim In-taek as a Special Envoy of the President 2006 March President Roh Moo-hyun 2007 May Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Ho-young 2007 July Minister of Construction and Transportation Lee Yong-seob 2007 December 2 Vice Minister of Commerce Industry and Energy 2009 May CEO of Korea National Oil Cooperation 2010 September Former Prime Minister 2011 May Special Envoy of the President.

  • Nigeria has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Abuja.
Turkey 

Both countries are full members of the D–8. On September 22, 2017, Nigerian officials were scheduled to meet the Turkish ambassador after hundreds of rifles allegedly from Turkey made it to the country falsely labelled as plumbing materials. It was the fourth time in 2017 that Nigerian customs officers had intercepted illegal arms shipments from Turkey at the Nigerian ports.

  • Nigeria has an embassy in Ankara.
  • Turkey has an embassy in Abuja.
United Arab Emirates 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Abu Dhabi.
  • United Arab Emirates has an embassy in Abuja.

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