Buhari to discuss terrorism, global security in New York

•To address 70th session of UNGA

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria for New York tomorrow for a series of meetings and interactions with notable world leaders within and on the sidelines of the main events of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

President Buhari will hold talks with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India.

The talks will centre on domestic developmental issues, bilateral relations, war against terrorism, countering violent extremism, enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and adoption of a post-2015 global development agenda.

President Buhari, according to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, would be accompanied by governors of Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger states, National Security Adviser and permanent secretaries in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence as well as the Federal Ministries of Finance, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment.

The President will deliver Nigeria’s Statement to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on Violent Extremism to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ki-Moon during his visit to Nigeria.

Also on the President’s schedule in New York are a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, a High-level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation, organised by President Xi Jinping of China and the United Nations as well as participation in the launching of an updated global health strategy for women and children.

President Buhari will also meet with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mr. Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is assisting Nigeria in polio eradication, among others, and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is United Nations special envoy on Global Education and one of the main drivers of the Safe Schools Initiative.

The President will concluded his visit to New York on Tuesday, September 29 and leave for Abuja the same day.

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