President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday that Nigeria would re-examine the closure of her embassy in Colombo in 2017 in view of the important relationship the country has with Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a farewell audience with the outgoing High Commissioner of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka to Nigeria, His Excellency Thambirajah Raveenthiran at the State House in Abuja, the president said financial challenges which the country faced at the time informed the closure of some Nigerian embassies and consulates during a rationalisation exercise.
He assured that his administration would take another look at the decision as it affected Sri Lanka following the request by the outgoing High Commissioner.
The president wished Mr Raveenthiran success in his future undertakings.
In his remarks, the outgoing High Commissioner said he had spent four out of his 30-year career in diplomatic service in Nigeria.
He said his period in Nigeria was remarkable in several ways, stressing that he enjoyed the support and cooperation of Nigerians, and was greatly assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Raveenthiran said his country has a lot to offer Nigeria in the areas of counter-terrorism, medical tourism and higher education.