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President Buhari departs Abuja for Portugal

President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja on a State Visit to Portugal at the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The President, who will hold official talks with his Portuguese counterpart, will be conferred with the country’s National Honour and decorated with ‘Great Collar of the Order of Prince Henry.

The two Presidents are expected to chair an enlarged bilateral meeting and witness the signing of some agreements bordering on issues of mutual concern.

President Buhari will also visit the Portuguese Parliament and hold discussions with its President, Dr Augusto Santo Silva, as well as the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa.

In the course of the visit, the President is scheduled to address a Forum of Nigerian and Portuguese businessmen and hold separate meetings with select Portuguese Chief Executive Officers and prospective investors to Nigeria also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference, which began yesterday in Lisbon.

The Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, DESA, aims to accelerate the adoption of science-based innovative solutions to challenges facing oceans and the global marine ecosystem.

President Buhari is also expected to engage members of the Nigerian community in Portugal on matters affecting them and developments at home.

He will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Fantami.

The President is expected back on Saturday.


Reporting by Abdullah Bello editing by Marian Benjamin