President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja Tuesday for New Delhi to participate in the 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum which was established in 2008 as the official platform for the advancement of mutually-beneficial relations between India and African nations.
President Buhari, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and other participating Heads of State and Government at this year’s summit, which follows the 2nd Summit held in Addis Ababa in 2011, will deliberate on issues currently of common concern to their countries such as climate change and international terrorism.
They are also expected to discuss additional measures aimed at boosting joint collaboration to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Africa and India as well as further cooperation for the alleviation of poverty, and the eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy.
President Buhari was accompanied to New Delhi by the Governors of Kano and Delta States, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment.
The President is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi and other senior Indian government officials on Wednesday, ahead of the opening of the summit on Thursday.
He will also meet with Chief Executive Officers of Indian Companies with existing or prospective interests in Nigeria before returning to Abuja on Friday, October 30th.
Buhari Seeks Increased Bilateral Cooperation Between Nigeria, Hungary
In a related development, President Buhari said Friday in Abuja that he looks forward to increased bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Hungary, since both countries have a lot in common.
Receiving Zsolt Semjen, the Vice Prime Minister of Hungary at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that his administration will welcome the strengthening and expansion of cooperation between both countries in the areas of security and agricultural development.
"Hungary faces some immigration challenges today, just like other parts of Europe. We also have our challenges in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
"Hungary is able to fully understand our problems, and we can work together," President Buhari said.
Vice Prime Minister Semjen congratulated Nigeria on its last general elections, and added that Hungary looked forward to signing agreements with the country on more bilateral cooperation.
He said that terrorism was a global challenge and pledged that his country would support the Nigerian Armed Forces' efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
"The extremism of Boko Haram is not Islamic. It runs contrary to all human philosophies," the Vice Prime Minister said.
He also promised that Hungary would deploy its expertise in the area of agriculture to assist Nigeria.