Nigerian president begins visit to France

23rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 23 (AFP) - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in France on Monday for a four-day working visit focused on securing debt relief and increased foreign investment.

PARIS, May 23 (AFP) - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in France on Monday for a four-day working visit focused on securing debt relief and increased foreign investment.  

Obasanjo arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris, where he was greeted by French Finance Minister Thierry Breton - appropriately given the decidedly economic bent of his visit.  

The Nigerian leader will push his country's case for a seat on an expanded UN Security Council during talks with French President Jacques Chirac.  

But most importantly, as with recent meetings with Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush, Obasanjo will urge Paris to cancel Nigeria's USD 35 billion (EUR 28 billion) external debt.  

Beyond his talks with Chirac, Obasanjo will meet with Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, lawmakers and French business leaders during his stay in France.  

He will also travel to Pau in southwest France, where he will visit a research centre run by French oil giant Total, as well as a dairy farm.

© AFP

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