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Nigeria, India Others Meet On Security, Poverty

President Muhammadu Buhari Will Join Other African Leaders To Discuss Terrorism, Climate Change, Poverty Alleviation And Other Issues With India In New Delhi


President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday leave Abuja for New Delhi to participate in the 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum.

The Forum which was established in 2008, serves as the official platform for the advancement of mutually-beneficial relations between India and African nation’s,

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, revealed that President Buhari, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi and other participating Heads of State and Government will deliberate on issues currently of common concern to their countries such as climate change and international terrorism.

He noted that this year’s summit is a follow up to the second edition which was held in Addis Ababa in 2011.

They are 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 the statement, President Buhari will be accompanied to New Delhi by the governors of Kano and Delta States, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment.

The President is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi and other senior Indian government officials on Wednesday, ahead of the opening of the summit on Thursday.

He will also meet with Chief Executive Officers of Indian Companies with existing or prospective interests in Nigeria before returning to Abuja on Friday, October 30th.Femi Adesina


– Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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