Buhari Heads To France; Boko Haram, Economy Cooperation On Agenda

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By Nuel Suji, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Paris tomorrow, Monday, September 14, to begin a three-day official visit to France on the invitation of President Francois Hollande.Buhari's trip

President Buhari will be accompanied by the National Security Adviser, Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), the Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Ministries of Defence, Finance, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment as well as the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

Part of the agenda of the meeting with Hollande, it was learnt, include a discussion for further assistance in the war against terror in the north east Nigeria.

Three of the countries currently collaborating with Nigeria in the Multi-national Task Force operations against the Boko Haram insurgents namely, Chad, Cameroun and Niger are francophone countries.

President Buhari’s talks in Paris with President Hollande and other senior French Government officials will also focus on the further strengthening and consolidation of ongoing bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in the areas of defence, security, trade and investments.

Apart from his scheduled meeting with President Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Monday evening, President Buhari and his team will also confer with the French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Finance and Public Accounts, Mr. Michel Sapin, the French Minister of Economy and Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius.

The President will visit the Headquarters of MEDEF, France’s largest federation of investors and employers, where he will participate in a France/Nigeria Investment Forum with leading Nigerian and French entrepreneurs.

President Buhari will also confer with the Chief Executive Officers of leading French multinational companies such as Total and Lafarge on their current and future investments in Nigeria.

The President’s other scheduled engagements in Paris include a meeting with African Ambassadors to France and an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community.

He will conclude his visit to France on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and return to Abuja the same day.

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