Buhari departs for Saudi Arabia, Qatar

Buhari departs for Saudi Arabia, Qatar

Monday, February 22, 2016 4:57 pm


President Muhammadu Buhari begins a week-long visit today to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Emirate of Qatar.

Buhari departing Abuja. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze

Buhari departing Abuja. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze

 

Buhari on the way to board the Presidential aircraft

Buhari on the way to board the Presidential aircraft

 

The Nigerian leader is being accompanied among others by Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

Buhari’s first port of call will be  Riyadyh, where, on Tuesday,  he will open talks  with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement issued by the presidency on Sunday,  “Ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports are expected to be high on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch.

“Crude oil prices and market stability will also be on the front burner when President Buhari goes on to Doha on Saturday for talks on Sunday with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“The President is also scheduled to meet with leading Saudi and Qatari businessmen in Riyadh and Doha, and invite them to support his administration’s efforts to revamp the Nigerian economy by taking advantage of the great investment opportunities currently available in Nigeria’s mining, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, communications and other sectors.

“President Buhari’s other engagements in Saudi Arabia include meetings with heads of international financial organisations and multilateral associations.

“Before going on to Doha, the President will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria,” the statement said.

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