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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Buhari arrives Germany for summit, talks with Obama, others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday arrived Munich, Germany, at about 3:25pm to begin a two-day official visit, in the course of which he will participate in the G-7 Outreach program for invited heads of government and global institutions.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President was received on arrival by the Vice Minister-President of Bavaria, Mrs. Inge Aigner.

Buhari was accompanied on the trip by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State; former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN); a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Paul Lolo.

According to the statement, other invited Heads of State and international institutions who will join Buhari at the working session with G-7 leaders on Monday at Elmau include President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.

Others scheduled to participate in the Monday’s session with G-7 leaders are the Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq; the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon; the Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr. Angel Gurria; the Managing Director of the IMF, Mrs. Christine Largarde; the President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim; the Director-General of the International Labour Organistion, Mr. Guy Rider; the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma; and the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Before leaving Munich for home on Monday, Buhari will hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada on the sidelines of the G-7 Outreach Programme.

He is also expected to meet President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, and other G-7 leaders in the course of the Outreach Session and a working lunch at the Elmau Castle.

The Head of the Bavarian regional government is scheduled to host a dinner in honour of Buhari and other leaders invited to the G-7 Outreach Programme on Sunday evening.

Government officials who saw Buhari off at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday included the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase; Commander of the Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen. Anthony Omozogie; an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sikiru Akande; and the Assistant Director Security, Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Nebere Yeih, among others.

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