France President, Macron To Visit Nigeria In July

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference after a meeting with Austrian chancellor on August 23, 2017 at the Congress palace in Salzburg. / AFP PHOTO / APA / FRANZ NEUMAYR / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read FRANZ NEUMAYR/AFP/Getty Images)

EMMANUEL Macron, France President, is billed to visit Nigeria in July.

The Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, confirmed this in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to Gauer, who met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, at the National Assembly, Macron would seek to address senators and members of the House during the visit.

The envoy added that Macron had interest in Nigeria and would like to talk on several issues relating to the development of the country.

Gauer recalled that Macron once worked at the French Embassy in Abuja, spending six months before his redeployment.

He informed Dogara that youth development and talks on cultural exchanges between the two countries would be on the agenda during the visit.

The envoy explained that the visit would be expanding current relations beyond security between the two nations.

Dogara, who was elated, described Macron as “a man of our generation.”

He said that it would be an interesting experience for members of the National Assembly to listen to him, particularly on how he was able to convince French voters to elect him, not minding his young age.

The Speaker commended France for its support to Nigeria’s fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

He also assured the envoy that the National Assembly would be prepared to give legislative backing to all bilateral agreements that would be signed between Nigeria and France during Macron’s July visit.

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