Buhari to confer with France President, ministers

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday leave Abuja for Paris to begin a three-day official visit to France.

Buhari, according to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, will be accompanied on the visit 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 and the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

Buhari’s talks in Paris with President Francois Hollande and other senior French Government officials, the statement said, will 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 also 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.

He 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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