This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Jonathan Off to Islamabad for D-Summit

President Goodluck Jonathan is scheduled to leave Abuja Monday night for Islamabad, Pakistan to attend the summit of Heads of State and Government of the Group of Eight Developing Nations (D-8) which opens there Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

The president will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

A statement by his spokesperson, Dr Reuben Abati said: "besides participating in the summit of the D-8 which was established in 1997 to foster developmental cooperation amongst member-countries, President Jonathan will also hold bilateral meetings in Islamabad with the Presidents of Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran and Egypt whose countries also belong to the D-8."

Other D-8 nations are Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

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