President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, would meet in October to discuss issues relating to the wellbeing of citizens and ways to further strengthen trade relations between the two largest African economies.
This was contained in a statement signed by the senior special assistant to the president on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, the President’s visit is to further “consider recurrent issues concerning wellbeing of the Nigerian community in South Africa, and the need to promote trade and investment.’’
The statement notes that President Buhari accepted the invitation to visit the country in a telephone conversation with the South African leader at his country home in Daura, Katsina State.
In an earlier letter of invitation, the South African President said President Buhari’s visit would provide an excellent opportunity for the two sister countries to further consolidate and advance strategic partnership and cooperation on matters of peace, security and socio-economic development in the African continent.
“They will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in global governance,’’ the statement notes.
President Ramaphosa added that the meeting would provide an opportunity to inaugurate a Bi-national commission for both countries to affect the strategic decisions taken in 2016 to elevate it to the level of Heads of State.