From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan left Abuja last night for London and Paris to confer with the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron and the President of France, Mr. Francois Hollande on matters of vital interest to Nigeria, Britain and France.
The president’s talks with the British prime minister in London are expected to focus on the expansion of trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Britain as well as the enhancement of cooperation between both countries on the war against terrorism. According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan would confer with President Hollande and French government officials on the ongoing deployment of Nigerian and ECOWAS troops to Mali to support the current military action against insurgents and terrorists in Northern Mali.
On his way to London, President Jonathan would stop over in Cairo, Egypt to participate in the conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled to open there today. He is also scheduled to attend the launch of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation in London on Friday. The president who would be accompanied by the first lady and relevant government officials would be back in Abuja on Monday.