Diplomacy

President Buhari Embarks On State Visit To Portugal; To Participate In UN Ocean Confab

The Nigerian State House has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a State Visit to Portugal on Tuesday, June 28, at the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, the President is billed to hold official talks with the Portuguese President and will be conferred with the country’s National Honour and decorated with ‘Great Collar of the Order of Prince Henry.’

Mr. Shehu stated that both Presidents are expected to chair an enlarged bilateral meeting and witness the signing of some agreements bordering on issues of mutual concern.

He added that the Nigerian President 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.

“President Buhari will also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference, which began in Lisbon on Monday, June 27, and runs till July 1,” he also stated.

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.

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

“The President will be accompanied by 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 ofCommunication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

“Others are National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

“He will return to Abuja on Saturday, July 2,” he further stated.