The Benin Republic Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Paulette Yekpe, has said that the proposed tripartite meeting by Nigeria, Niger and her country, will establish a framework to address rice smuggling.
Yekpe said this while briefing Journalists on Monday in Abuja on the sideline of activities marking the 58th Independence anniversary of the country.
She said that the smuggling of rice and other products posed a threat to the relationship between both countries.
The ambassador said that although ECOWAS protocol paved way for the free movement of citizens within the sub-region, more needed to be done through regional integration to tackle rice smuggling.
According to her, Nigeria and Benin have always worked together to beef up border security in the past.