Security, war against terrorism, trade and economic relations top agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington DC, United States of America
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday, July 19, to Washington DC for a four-day official visit to the United States of America, USA. During the visit Buhari will will hold high-level talks with President Barack Obama and other senior officials of the United States government.
Topmost on the agenda of Buhari’s talks with Obama and other US government officials will be measures to strengthen and intensify bilateral and international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and West-Africa.
President Buhari who will meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday, July 20, will later hold further discussions with General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the United States joint chiefs of staff, and Robert Work, deputy secretary of Defence, on military and defence cooperation.
The president will also meet with Vice President Joe Biden and confer with Loretta Lynch, US attorney-general, Jack Lew, secretary of Treasury, Penny Pritzker, secretary of commerce, and Michael Froman, Trade representative, on United States support for his administration’s war against corruption as well as fresh measures to boost Nigeria-United States trade relations.
The President, who will be received by the United States secretary of state at the State Department in Washington DC, will later hold meetings with the United States Senate and Congressional Committees on Foreign Relations, as well as the Black Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.
Before leaving Washington DC, President Buhari will address the United States Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Council for Africa, according to a statement signed by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman made available to Realnews today.
The President, who will be accompanied by the governors of Imo, Nasarawa, Edo, Borno and Oyo States as well as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and permanent secretaries of the federal ministries of defence, foreign affairs, industry, trade and investment, will also host an interactive session with Nigerians in the American Diaspora.
The US trip will also afford President Buhari the opportunity of a reunion with members of the American War College Class of 1980 in which he was a distinguished participant.
He is due back in Abuja on Thursday, July 23
— July 15, 2015 @ 9.00 GMT