President Bola Tinubu is set to meet with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leadership in an effort to resolve the ongoing diplomatic dispute between the UAE and Nigeria.
The UAE authorities had in October 2022 slammed the visa ban on Nigerians, coming shortly after the Emirates also suspended flights.
Emirates had suspended its flight to Nigeria over its inability to repatriate trapped funds.
Last month, the President hosted Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Nigeria at Aso Rock. During the meeting, the President instructed that any issues affecting relations with the Emirates Airline and the issuance of visas to Nigerians should be resolved “immediately”. He also emphasized that he is ready to personally intervene if necessary.
“We are a family in the UAE, we only live in separate rooms, but we are in the same house. We should look at the issues as a family problem, and resolve it amicably. As you know in every family, there are peculiarities. You can have an erring son or daughter, but we must work together. We need to agree on core aviation and immigration issues,” the President had said.