SA, Nigeria strengthen ties

South Africa and Nigeria signed several agreements at Tuesday’s gathering in Cape Town.

President Jacob Zuma welcomes Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on 7 May 2013. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - South Africa and Nigeria strengthened economic cooperation during what was described as a historic ceremony on Tuesday.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan led a government delegation on a state visit to South Africa.

He met with President Jacob Zuma at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.

This is Jonathan's first official state visit to South Africa.

Ministers from Africa's two largest economies signed several agreements at the gathering.

Zuma said the visit generated a lot of excitement and optimism.

"I'm happy that we have prioritised economic cooperation during this visit."

Jonathan said the two countries should work together for the benefit of the entire continent.

"If we refuse to cooperate, to move the continent [forward] and [to] give direction, we will be considered as failures."

Both presidents encouraged businesses to invest in the two countries.