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Buhari speaks on closure of Nigerian embassy in Sri Lanka

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President Muhammadu Buhari said that Nigeria would reexamine the closure of its embassy in Colombo in 2017, given the critical relationship the country has with Sri Lanka.

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Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Speaking at a farewell hearing on Thursday to the outgoing High Commissioner of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, Thambirajah Raveenthiran at the State House, Abuja, the President explained that the financial challenges faced by the country at that time reported the closure of some Nigerian embassies and consulates during a rationalization exercise.

He said his administration would review that decision again, as it affected Sri Lanka following the request of the outgoing High Commissioner.

President Buhari wished Mr. Raveenthiran success in his future endeavors. In his comments, the outgoing High Commissioner said he had spent four of his 30-year career in the diplomatic service in Nigeria.

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He said that his period in Nigeria was notable in several ways, noting that he enjoyed the support and cooperation of Nigerians and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs greatly assisted him.

Raveenthiran said his country has much to offer Nigeria in the areas of combating terrorism, medical tourism, and higher education.