Spain eyes Nigeria's oil and gas

24th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held energy talks here Tuesday with Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua.

Abuja--Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held energy talks here Tuesday with Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua. Zapatero said the talks focused on oil and gas.

"We talked about energy--of course oil and gas but also about renewable energy," Zapatero told a news conference.

"We also talked about the potential that Nigeria has, the future of it, infrastructure and ways to enhance the presence of Spanish companies here in this sector working along with Nigerian companies," Zapatero said after the talks.

Nigeria's Finance Minister Mansur Muhtar said Zapatero's visit would help develop the west African country's gas sector.

"We expect that Spain will be heavily involved in the development of Nigeria's gas sector," said Muhtar.

Zapatero also pledged to push for Africa to have a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

"Spain will work for change in the UN Security Council...to cover this injustice," Zapatero said referring to Africa's absence from the Security Council.

The Council is composed of five permanent members--the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain -- and 10 non-permanent members.

The 10 non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms but are not eligible for immediate re-election and do not have veto powers.

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