Saturday, 2 November 2019

Buhari leaves Saudi Arabia for London

The Nigerian News Agency said that the president had left Mecca for Jeddah around 1:30 pm (local time) while his presidential plane was taking off for London at 3:15 pm sharp.

The departure was after all the airport protocol led by the mayor of Jeddah, Almeer bin Abdallah bin Jalawi.

NAN said that before leading Umrah, President Buhari attended the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh from Oct. 29-31.

In Riyadh, the president held bilateral talks with King Salman in Riyadh on Wednesday, during which the two leaders pledged to strengthen their partnership, particularly in the oil and gas fields for the development of the two countries.

On Thursday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paid a courtesy call on President Buhari in his hotel room at the Ritz Carlton.

THE DAILY POSTCARD reminds us that, on this occasion, the Prince had called for the creation of the Nigeria-Saudi Council in order to promote investment and improve relations between the two countries.

The Council would consist of government officials and business leaders from both countries. Areas of focus are economic growth and development, investments in the oil and non-oil sectors and security cooperation.

"President Buhari and the Crown Prince have agreed that the first mission of the Council is to establish a legal and operational framework that facilitates beneficial investments for both countries.

"The Council will be set up in the next two months and meetings will be held twice a year," Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said Thursday in a statement.

"For the relations between the two countries to remain active, it was also agreed that the leaders of the two countries would meet at the highest level, at least once a year, to review the progress of the joint council and ensure closer cooperation. on issues of mutual interest, "added Shehu.

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