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President Buhari heads to Egypt on December 10 for Aswan Forum



President Muhammadu Buhari would depart Abuja on Tuesday, December 10 for Aswan, Egypt.

The forum which would hold between Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, is an initiative to address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa.

The forum which would promote Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices is an initiative launched by the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in his capacity as the chairman of the African Union (AU) and as an advocate of post-conflict reconstruction and development in Africa.

The gathering is expected to bring together heads of state and government, leaders from regional and international organisations, financial institutions, private sector and civil societies as well as scholars, visionaries and prominent experts for action-oriented discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities.

It is also expected to end with a declaration on the theme of the forum and become an annual event. It would be recalled that the speaker of Egypt’s House of Representatives, Ali Abdel Aal, had delivered President el-Sisi’s message to President Buhari in Abuja on October 28, inviting him to the inaugural Aswan Forum.

 The president would be accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state. Others in President Buhari’s entourage are: The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi; minister of state, foreign affairs, Zubairu Dada; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the director-general, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

 President Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Friday, December 13.