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Buhari back in Abuja from Morocco

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Abuja, after a two-day official visit to the Kingdom of Morroco.

This was just as he has declared that Nigeria’s strongest selling point remains an “intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious” populace who always seek self-improvement and self-actualisation in any part of the world.

The trip, which was at the instance of the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, provided an opportunity for both countries to strengthen economic ties.

They expressed deep concerns about violent extremism, terrorism and the persistence of security threats in Africa just as they also affirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in efforts to combat radicalisation in Africa and beyond.

In a joint communique issued after series of talks between Buhari and King Mohammed VI, the two leaders agreed to develop a partnership in the field of agriculture, particularly through the signing of Cooperation Agreement on vocational training and technical supervision.

On regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern, both leaders confirmed willingness to consult and coordinate the positions of the two countries in regional and international organisations, including the African Union (AU). Buhari congratulated Mohammed VI on Morocco’s election to AU’s Peace and Security Council.

On his part, the Moroccan king congratulated Buhari on his leadership of a regional initiative against terrorism in Lake Chad and commended his efforts in the fight against corruption and his role as the AU anti-corruption champion.

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