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May, Merkel, To Visit Nigeria This Week



Two leaders of European economic power, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel are scheduled to visit Nigeria this week.

Statement by British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwight through his Twitter handle, @paulTarkwight, said he is delighted to welcome the PM.

He tweeted: “Delighted to welcome British Prime Minister to Nigeria this week. A huge opportunity for both our countries to work in partnership on trade, security and tackling the scourge of #modernslavery and human trafficking.”

On the other hand, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will on Wednesday, tour three West African countries, paying visits to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

Merkel is to spend Wednesday through Friday in the three countries, accompanied by an economic delegation, Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer said Friday in Berlin.

Merkel has campaigned to tackle the causes of migration of refugees to Europe. The refugees’ problems are likely to feature on the discussion agenda.

Merkel is to meet Wednesday afternoon with Senegalese President, Macky Sall to discuss economic developments in the country and regional cooperation.

In the evening she will meet with civil society representatives.

She will  proceed to the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to meet President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Thursday to discuss economic affairs and foreign policy.

The chancellor is also to take part in a German business-organised round table that will focus on private investment linked to the G20 “Compact with Africa” initiative.

Finally, Merkel is to head to Nigeria on Friday to meet with the president of the ECOWAS economic alliance of West African states, Jean-Claude Brou.

She will also hold talks with Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

It would be recalled that on October 7, 2016 Merkel visited three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem migrant influx to Europe.

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