Buhari Arrives China For Africa Cooperation Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday arrived in Beijing, China, to take part in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, who is on the president’s entourage to China, confirmed his arrival in the world’s most populated nation on his twitter handle on Saturday.

He posted: “President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China — Africa Cooperation (FOCAC2018).’’

The President left Abuja on Friday for the summit after receiving the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

A statement earlier issued on August 30 by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that Buhari would participate in the summit scheduled to hold between September 3 and September 4.

He said that before the formal opening of the summit, Buhari, in his capacity as the Chair of ECOWAS, would deliver remarks at the high-level dialogue among Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.

He added that the Nigerian president was scheduled to join President Xi Jinping of China and other African leaders for the opening and roundtable sessions of the summit.

Shehu said that after the FOCAC Summit, Buhari would hold bilateral meetings with Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, to discuss infrastructure financing for strategic projects in Nigeria.

He stated that their discussion would also cover the upgrading of Nigeria-China relations “from strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership.”

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