Buhari, others to discuss terrorism, poverty alleviation at Afro-Indian summit
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow join other leaders in New Delhi, India, to take part in the third summit of the India-Africa Forum.
The summit was established in 2008 as the official platform for advancement of mutually beneficial relations between India and African nations.
President Buhari, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and other participating heads of state and government at this year’s summit, which follows the second summit held in Addis Ababa in 2011, will deliberate on issues currently of common concern to their countries such as climate change and international terrorism.
A statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, in Abuja yesterday said the leaders 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 alleviation of poverty, and eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy.
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 is also expected to meet with chief executive officers of Indian companies with existing or prospective interests in Nigeria before returning to Abuja on Friday, October 30th .
According to Adesina, President Buhari would be accompanied on the visit by Governors Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, the National Security Adviser, (NSA) Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the permanent secretaries in the ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment.
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