President Goodluck Jonathan left Abuja last night for the United Kingdom (UK) en route France, where he is billed to hold talks with the British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande over terrorism in West Africa.
Presidential media adviser Dr. Reuben Abati said in a statement that his boss, accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience and other government officials, will also discuss trade and economic relations with the British Prime Minister. He said the President will make a stopover in Egypt to attend the opening of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The statement reads: “President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja tonight for London and Paris to confer with the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron and the President of France, Mr. Francois Hollande on matters of vital interest to Nigeria, Britain and France.
“The President’s talks with the British Prime Minister in London are expected to focus on the expansion of trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Britain as well as the enhancement of cooperation between both countries on the war against terrorism. “In Paris, President Jonathan will confer with President Hollande and French officials on the ongoing deployment of Nigerian and ECOWAS troops to Mali to support the current military action against insurgents and terrorists in Northern Mali.
“On his way to London, President Jonathan will stop over in Cairo, Egypt, to participate in the conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled to open there tomorrow (today). “He is also scheduled to attend the launching of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation in London on Friday.” President Jonathan will return to the country next Monday.