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President Buhari Leaves For Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari is due to leave Abuja for Paris, the French capital today on a three-day official visit to France. The visit was at the instance of French President, Mr. Francois Hollande. President Buhari will be accompanied on the visit by the National Security Adviser, Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.);  Permanent Secretaries in the 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. Upon his arrival in Paris, President Buhari will hold talks with President Hollande and other senior French Government officials on bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in the areas of defence, security, trade and investments.

 

The meeting with President Hollande would hold at the Elysee Palace this evening. Afterwards, 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.

 

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. A statement from the presidential spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adesina further stated that President Buhari’s other engagements in Paris included a meeting with African Ambassadors to France and an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community. It is expected that the president will round off his visit on Wednesday and return to Abuja.

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