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Buhari in Washington ahead of meeting with Obama

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday arrived Washington DC on a four 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, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and James Entwistle, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria.

Others at the airport to receive the president included the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, 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.

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

On Monday, 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.

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

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

Mr. 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 7 a.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 meet with the class of 1980 US Army War College, where the president is an alumnus will also hold on Tuesday after which he will address a joint session of the Senate and House committees on foreign Affairs at the Capitol Hill.

Mr. Buhari will address Nigerian youth 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 interactive session with the Nigerian media and the National Democratic Institute before departing for Nigeria on Wednesday.

(NAN)

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