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Jonathan off to AU-EU Summit

01 April 2014, 08:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan will lead Nigeria’s delegation to the Fourth European Union-Africa Summit scheduled to open in the Belgian capital on Wednesday despite the African Union calling for a boycott of the event.

“Participants including President Goodluck Jonathan, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, other Heads of State and Government of the European Union and Africa as well as leaders of the European Union and African Union Institutions will, among other matters, discuss ways of stimulating further growth and creating more jobs in Nigeria and other African countries,” Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati confirmed the trip in a press statement issued from Abuja.

He added that education and training, women and youth, legal and illegal migrant flows between both continents, investments in peace and ways to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security on the continent were also on the agenda of the summit.

“The Brussels Summit will also provide an opportunity for participants to review EU-Africa relations based on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy which was adopted in Lisbon in 2007 and explore options for greater mutually-beneficial cooperation between Africa and Europe.”

Abati said President Jonathan entourage will include the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga.

– CAJ News


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