Buhari departs for France, Britain Tuesday for anti-terrorism shuttle

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to begin official visit to France and Britain on Tuesday as part of efforts to forge global partnership against terrorism.

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement he issued on Monday, said that the President will have his first stop in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday, February 3.

While there, he is expected to address a special session of the European Union Parliament to be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

“The President’s address is expected to focus on terrorism, violent extremism, corruption, Nigeria and Africa’s current security, economic and developmental challenges, as well as the need for greater support from the European Union and advanced nations for their rapid resolution.

“President Buhari will also hold talks with the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker on the same issues before leaving Strasbourg for London to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and The Region Conference scheduled to open in the British capital on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

“The President will use the opportunity of his participation in the conference which is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to continue his push for more global understanding, collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the frontlines of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations. 

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