Jonathan meets Pope on Saturday

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… To attend global nuclear security summit

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Saturday meet with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State at the Vatican in Rome for talks.
Before then he will attend the celebration of Namibia’s 24th Independence Anniversary as a special guest of honour on Friday.The President will join other world leaders at the Netherlands for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on Monday, after he and his high-powered delegation, meet with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte and senior officials of the Dutch Government on Sunday.

Other world leaders expected at the Summit include President Barrack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, which opens at the Hague in Holland.

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan’s visit to Holland for the Nuclear Security Summit will be the final leg of a six-day working tour which will also take him to Namibia and Italy.

The President who departs today, will be accompanied by the First lady, Patience Jonathan, first to Windhoek for a two-day state visit to Namibia in the course of which he will participate in a business forum aimed at boosting trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Namibia.

President Jonathan will in Holland, also meet with the Chief Executive Officer and other high-ranking officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s largest joint venture partners, Shell Petroleum International, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands.

The President  will also witness the signing of an investment agreement between Nigeria and Dutch textile giants, Vlisco and meet with Nigerians living in the Netherlands during his visit.

He  will be accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Communications and ICT, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and other senior government officials. President Jonathan will leave the Netherlands for Abuja at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit on Tuesday, March 25.

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