Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Jonathan Hands Over D-8 Chairmanship

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Islamabad handed over the chairmanship of the Summit of Heads State and Government of the Eight Developing Nations (D-8) to President Asif Zardari of Pakistan.

The ceremony took place at the opening of the Summit of the leaders of the D-8 held at the Presidential grounds in Islamabad. The summit was attended by Presidents Jonathan, Zardari, Mahmoud Ahmadinijad of Iran and Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

Also in attendance were Egyptian Vice President, Mahmoud Mekki; Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan; Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Hon'bl Mohyiddin; and the Advisor to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Prof. Gowher Rizvi.

Jonathan assumed the leadership of the D-8 in April 2010 at the 7th bi-annual summit held in Abuja.

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