Buhari on a three-day official visit to France; meets Hollande

President Muhammadu Buhari is on a three-day official visit to France on the invitation of the French president, Francois Hollande for talks on issues of bilateral cooperations.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday, President Buhari will be accompanied on the visit by the National Security Adviser, Major-General  Babagana Monguno (retd), 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.

As the composition of his entourage indicates, Adesina said Buhari’s talks in Paris with President Hollande and other senior French government officials would 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 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.

The statement further indicated that President Buhari would 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.

The presidential spokesperson said Buhari was due back in Abuja, on Wednesday, after conclusion of his visit to France.

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