On Tuesday, at 10:00 p.m., Central European Summer Time, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) arrived in Madrid, Spain’s capital.
President Muhammadu Buhari arrives Madrid, Spain ahead of his State Visit on 31st May 2022 pic.twitter.com/nsf8xMmy82
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Buhari, who is in Spain at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez, will pay a visit to King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia during his three-day stay, The Nation reports.
According to an earlier statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the Nigerian President will discuss issues of mutual interest to both countries during his meetings with both leaders, which are expected to result in the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding on a wide range of topics aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
Extradition and transfer of convicted persons, Mutual Legal Assistance, Cultural Concerns, Cooperation in the fight against crime and improving security, and issues affecting dependants of diplomatic staff are only a few examples.
Cooperation on energy, trade and investment, transportation, public health, and sports development is also on the agenda.
The President will also be a special guest at an Investment Forum co-hosted by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Trade, and the Confederation of Employers, where he will address a gathering of top members of the Spanish business community and their Nigerian counterparts on investment opportunities in Nigeria, as well as ways to increase trade volume and collaborate further for the development of both countries economies.
Buhari is also leading a high-powered delegation that includes Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Abubakar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment; Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior; Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development; and Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health.
The delegation also includes Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd.), Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, and the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who are also part of the delegation.
Buhari is due to return to the country on Friday, June 3rd, ahead of the APC’s presidential primary election.