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Nigeria President to hold talks with world leaders

Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 22:05

Abuja: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will hold talks with several world leaders this week on the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly to beef up bilateral ties, a statement said on Sunday.

Jonathan will deliver his statement to the General Assembly on Wednesday and "confer with several world leaders on the strengthening of bilateral relations between Nigeria and their countries”, the statement from his office said.

He is scheduled to meet with Presidents Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Sebastian Pinera (Chile), Mahinda Rajapaska (Sri Lanka), Vaclav Klaus (Czech Republic), Pal Schmitt (Hungary), Mikhail Shaskashvili (Georgia), Jacob Zuma (South Africa), Prime Ministers Pedro Coelho of Portugal and Yoshihiko Noda of Japan.

Before returning to Abuja on Friday, he will also meet with some leading players in the global economy, including the chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil worldwide, Rex Tillerson, and Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, the statement said.

Jonathan, elected into office in April, will be accompanied on the trip by the ministers of foreign affairs, environment, health, justice, petroleum and power, it added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 22:05
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