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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been invited to Portugal by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

  A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed that President Buhari will hold official talks with his Portuguese counterpart, and will be conferred with Portugal’s National Honour and decorated with ‘Great Collar of the Order of Prince Henry.’

  According to the statement, “the two presidents are expected to chair an enlarged bilateral meeting and witness the signing of some agreements bordering on issues of mutual concern”.

  It further stated that President Buhari will also visit the Portuguese Parliament and hold discussions with its president, Dr Augusto Santo Silva, as well as the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio   Costa, even as he is scheduled to address a Forum of Nigerian and Portuguese businessmen and hold separate meetings with select Portuguese Chief Executive Officers and prospective investors in Nigeria.

  The president will also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference, which began in Lisbon on Monday, June 27, and runs till July 1.

  The conference is being  co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). It aims to accelerate the adoption of science-based innovative solutions to challenges facing oceans and the global marine ecosystem.

  Buhari is also expected to engage members of the Nigerian community in Portugal on matters affecting them and developments at home.

  Buhari, who will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; National Security Adviser Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, will return to Abuja on Saturday, July 2

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