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Buhari In Washington DC, Holds Talks With Obama, Others


President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Washington DC on Sunday on a 4-day official visit to United States, where he would discuss bilateral issues with President Barrack Obama and other government officials.

The president, who arrived Joint Based Andrews Airport, Washington, was received by the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Mrs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Mr James Entwistle,the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria.

Others at the airport to receive the president included the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, Nigerian embassy officials and governors of Borno, Nasarawa, Imo, Oyo and Edo.

The president, who left the airport straight to the Blair House, his guest house at Pensylvania Avenue, immediately went into meetings with officials of the United States government officials.

Buhari and other guests will also be hosted to a dinner by former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright.

The president is slated to have breakfast meeting on governance to be hosted by the US Vice-President Joe Biden, before his meeting with Obama on Monday.

The main event of Buhari on Monday is his meeting with Obama, which is slated for 11 a.m. local time (about 5 p.m. Nigerian time, and will be taking place at the Oval Office, White House.

Other events include Media Chat with the Secretary of Commerce, ECOWAS Ambasssdors in Washington, US Attorney General, Secretary of Treasury and a group of potential investors.

Buhari is also to be hosted to a dinner by the US Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Council.

On Tuesday, the president will have an interactive session with the media at 7a.m. and later meet with officials of the World Health Organisation on economic assistance programme for the North-East.

The president will meet with the president of the World Bank group, as well as the representative of the Bill Gates Foundation.

He will also meet with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Director of the CIA and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The president will on Tuesday meet with the Class of 1980 US Army War College, which he is an alumnus, after which he will address a joint session of the Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs at the Capitol Hill.

Buhari will also address Nigerian Youths in the United States at the Chancery, as well as participate in a town hall meeting with Nigerians in Diaspora.

He will wrap up the visit with an interactive session with the Nigerian media and the National Democratic Institute before departing for Nigeria on Wednesday. (NAN)

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