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Jonathan arrives in Namibia

21 March 2014, 17:25

Windhoek - President Goodluck Jonanathan early Thursday arrived in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, on a two-day state visit.

The visit was on the invitation of his counterpart, President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

President Jonathan together with the First Lady, Dame Patience, were received on arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport by top Namibian officials and the Nigerian Ambassador to Namibia, Dr Biodun Olorunfemi.

Also on ground to receive the President were Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, and Mines and Steel Development, Aminu Wali, Olusegun Aganga and Musa Sada, respectively.

The President is scheduled to hold talks with Pohamba on strengthening friendly and cooperative relations between Nigeria and Namibia and the deepening bilateral cooperation.

He will also participate in a business forum aimed at boosting trade and economic relations between both countries.

The two leaders will revisit the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier signed and conclude engagements on military co-operations between both countries.

The visit is also expected to conclude arrangement on the construction of a bulk salt processing plant in Namibia by the Nigerian business community.

There would also be further negotiation on an oil refinery project proposed by both countries 10 years ago.

Besides the signing of agreements, President Jonathan will meet with the Nigerian community in Namibia and serve as  guest of honour at the Namibia's 24th independence anniversary celebrations on Friday.

The President will same Friday depart Windhoek for Rome and the Vatican for talks on Saturday with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State.

He would leave Italy for the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit and return to Abuja on Tuesday, March 25.


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