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President Buhari heads to France

13 September 2015, 17:14

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari is eyeing closer ties with France, including on security, as Nigeria and its neighbours fight back against Boko Haram, his office said on Sunday.

The 72-year-old will spend three days in Paris from Monday following an invitation from his French counterpart Francois Hollande, Buhari's spokesman Femi Adesina said in an emailed statement.

His entourage on the official visit includes the country's national security advisor, retired major-general Babagana Monguno, plus senior officials in the defence, finance and foreign ministries.

Also read: Buhari shocks APC leaders

Buhari will meet Hollande on Monday evening and also hold talks with Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and other senior government figures, Adesina said.

The trip "will focus on the further strengthening and consolidation of ongoing bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in the areas of defence, security, trade and investments," he added.

Meetings with the heads of French oil major Total and concrete manufacturer Lafarge, both of which have operations in Nigeria, are also planned, as is a meeting with African ambassadors in Paris.



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