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NIGERIA President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Saudi – Arabia for a two-week private visit to the United Kingdom.

Buhari left Abuja for Saudi-Arabia on Monday October 28 to partake in the Future Investment Initiative (FII) 2019 conference in Riyadh, Saudi.

He held bilateral discussions with the King of Saudi-Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, during which they committed to deeper partnership between the two nations most especially in the areas of oil and gas for mutual development.

He was visited by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman in his hotel room in Riyadh who initiated the establishment of Nigeria-Saudi Council as an effort to foster bilateral relationships between the two nations.

They agreed that the council will be established in two months and shall consist of government officials and business leaders of Nigeria and Saudi-Arabia with focus on mutual economic growth and development.

While in Saudi, the president also participated in the “What is next for Africa” summit with delegates of more than 90 countries of the world.

During the summit, he met with African presidents including President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and Burkina-Faso President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

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Buhari also met with the United States Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin in Riyadh and discussed investments in Nigeria under the new United States International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC).

USIDFC is an executive agency of the United States of America that provides 60 billion dollars foreign aid through financing of private developments projects in developing countries.

Buhari has however  left for the United Kingdom for  a two-week private visit.

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