President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday leave Abuja for New Delhi to participate in the third summit of the India-Africa Forum on climate change and international terrorism, according to a statement released today by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
The Forum which was established in 2008 as the official platform for the advancement of mutually-beneficial relations between India and African nations, will open on Thursday. The last summit of the Forum was held in Addis Ababa in 2011.
Adesina said Buhari, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other participating Heads of State and Government at this year’s summit, would deliberate on issues currently of common concern to their countries such as climate change and international terrorism.
He said they were also expected to discuss additional measures aimed at boosting joint collaboration to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Africa and India as well as further cooperation for the alleviation of poverty, and the eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy.
According to Adesina, President Buhari is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Modi and other senior Indian government officials on Wednesday ahead of the opening of the summit.
The Presidential spokesman said Buhari would also meet with chief executive officers of Indian companies with existing or prospective interests in Nigeria before returning to Abuja on Friday.
He concluded by saying Buhari would be accompanied to New Delhi by the governors of Kano and Delta States, National Security Adviser Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd) as well as the permanent secretaries in the Ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment.
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