Leadership (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan Jets Out to London, Paris

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday night jetted out to London and Paris to confer with the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron and the President of France, Mr. Francois Hollande on matters of vital interest to Nigeria, Britain and France.

He is also scheduled to attend the launching of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation in London on Friday.

Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, in a statement, noted that the President's talks with the British Prime Minister in London are expected to focus on the expansion of trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Britain as well as the enhancement of cooperation between both countries on the war against terrorism.

Abati stated: "In Paris, President Jonathan will confer with President Hollande and French Government officials on the ongoing deployment of Nigerian and ECOWAS troops to Mali to support the current military action against insurgents and terrorists in Northern Mali.

"On his way to London, President Jonathan will stop over in Cairo, Egypt to participate in the conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled to open there tomorrow.

"The President who will be accompanied by the First Lady and relevant government officials is due back in Abuja on Monday".

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