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PRESIDENT BUHARI EMBARKS ON 4-DAY OFFICIAL TRIP TO FRANCE

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit.

While in Paris, the President will attend African Finance Summit, which will focus on reviewing African economy due to shocks from Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.

The Summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.

During the visit, President Buhari will meet with the French President to discuss growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad region, political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking the spread of Covid-19, with more research and vaccines.

Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari will receive some key players in the oil and gas sector, engineering and telecommunications, European Council and European Union Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Commission, and members of the Nigerian community.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says the President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

Others are the Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, that of Trade and Investment, Mr. Adeniyi Adebayo, and of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

The rest on the trip are the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Rufai Abubakar.

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