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Buhari to attend Africa-Arab meeting in Malabo

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will attend the fourth Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday, explained that the summit will be attended by Heads of State and government from Gulf and African countries.

It said it is expected to endorse the Malabo Declaration and Action Working Plan for 2017-2019 to promote trade and economic ties.

The two-year plan seeks to implement priority projects in trade, investment, transportation, communication and energy in Africa, the statement further explained.

It said the President Buhari is also expected to hold discussions with Arab leaders, aimed at reviewing agreements to strengthen partnerships that bolster agriculture and infrastructure development in Nigeria through long term concessionary loans and technological skills transfer.

Furthermore, it revealed, Buhari will also explore the opportunity of the summit to seek support for the ongoing fight against Boko Haram and the humanitarian situation in the north east.

Jointly organised by the African Union Commission and the League of Arab States, the summit focuses on promoting development by strengthening trade, investments, transport, communication and energy among Gulf and African states, the statement said.