Buhari Set For U.S. Trip In Days
President Muhammadu Buhari will in few days visit the United States again.
He will be in New York to attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which will begin on September 18.
The planned visit was announced by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
He says President Muhammadu Buhari, will lead Nigeria’s delegation to the meeting.
The General Debate at the meeting will hold from September 25 to October 1.
Onyeama told reporters that President Buhari would use the opportunity to assert Nigeria’s position on global issues.
He did not say if President Buhari will be in the U.S. till October 1 which is Nigeria's Independence Day.
“It is an opportunity for him to assert Nigeria’s position globally and to put forward our ideas and our vision going forward as a global community.
“The President will address the 73rd Session of the High-Level General Debate of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 25.
“He will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement on the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high-level events,” he said.
President Buhari has been placed as the number 20 on the list of the speakers out of the 193 world leaders that would address the Assembly.
He would deliver the address to the Assembly on the first day between 8.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. (between 1.00 a.m. and 2.00 a.m. local time).
Onyeama said the theme for this year’s UNGA is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable development".
According to him, as usual some Ministers and heads of agencies and permanent secretary will be travelling with President Buhari.
“Of course, this is the global meeting of heads of state in the world.
“It is extremely important and it is a rare opportunity for Nigeria as a country to engage with the other countries of the world,” he said.
Onyeama said the 73rd UNGA would avail Nigeria and other member states of the UN the opportunity to engage, interface and share best practices toward reaching common understanding and consensus on key issues of global significance.
The Foreign Affairs Minister further said that President Buhari would hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General, some African and other world leaders, as well as few strategic partners during this period.
“Nigeria’s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well-planned, synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session, under the guidance of Mr President.
“It will be weighed against the back drop of externalisation of Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives through effective engagement,” he added.
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