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Foreign Affairs minister, has said the of Republic, Patrice Talon, has expressed readiness for his country to be part of .

According to a report by Daily Trust, Onyeama, stated this shortly after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, said the Beninoise gave the offer when he visited Muhammadu , a few weeks back.

In his words:

“The of said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in , should be the 37th state of ”.

“We should really be one. They charged to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable .”

Speaking further, Onyeama said, both presidents also discussed agreements between the two countries on how best to put issues of smuggling to an end, as a follow up to the presidents’ meeting.