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Jonathan Leaves For US Sunday To Attend African Leaders Summit

On invitation from the United States (US) President Barrack Obama, President Goodluck Jonathan leaves Nigeria early Sunday for Washington DC for a 3-day United States-African Leaders Summit.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Mr. President will join Obama and about 50 other participating African leaders for discussions on key areas such as expanding trade and investment ties, promoting inclusive sustainable development and expanding cooperation on peace and security.

In a press statement issued on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the US Summit, the first of its kind between an American President and African heads of state and government, was expected to strengthen relationship between the host, US, Nigeria and other African nations.

In addition to the three special sessions on “Investing in Africa’s Future”, “Peace and Regional Stability” and “Governing the Next Generation”, Dr. Abati disclosed that the meeting would also feature side-events such as the United States-Africa Business Forum with the focus on boosting efforts to strengthen trade and financial links between the US and Africa, creating partnerships that would accelerate job creation as well as encouraging more American investments in Nigeria and African.

He informed that President Jonathan was equally scheduled to hold meetings in Washington with key US political, security and business leaders on the sidelines of the summit to discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the country (US) in other areas including the war against insurgency.

President Jonathan the statement revealed would be accompanied to the summit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, the Coordinating Minster of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs). Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) He and his entourage are expected back to the country, next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, US President has announced that all the participating African leaders in the summit would undergo Ebola virus screening before entry into the country. Obama affirmed that the exercise was to check outbreak of the deadly disease in the country.



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