Buhari arrives in Germany for G-7 leaders’ summit
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday arrived in Munich, Germany, to begin a two-day official visit during which he would participate in the G-7 outreach programme for invited heads of government and global institutions.
Buhari, who was received on arrival by the Vice Minister-President of Bavaria, Mrs. Inge Aigner, was accompanied by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State; immediate past Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN); former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Paul B. Lolo.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, yesterday said the President, who would join his counterparts from African countries at the working session with G-7 leaders today at Elmau arrived at Munich at 3.25 p.m. Nigerian time and is expected to return home later today.
Shehu, who confirmed that before leaving Munich for home tomorrow (today), President Buhari would hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada on the sidelines of the G-7 outreach programme, said: “He is also expected to meet President Barack Obama of the United States (U.S.), President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, and other G-7 leaders in the course of the outreach session and a working lunch at the Elmau Castle.
“The Head of the Bavarian regional government will host a dinner in honour of President Buhari and other leaders invited to the G-7 outreach programme tonight.”
Other invited heads of state and international institutions, who would join Buhari at the working session with G-7 leaders include President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.
Similarly, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Ban Ki-Moon; Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr. Angel Gurria; Managing Director of the IMF, Mrs. Christine Largarde; President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim; Director-General of the International Labour Organistion (ILO), Mr. Guy Rider; Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation are also scheduled to participate in today’s outreach session with G-7 leaders.
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