Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in South Africa for a state visit after an outburst of xenophobic violence in and around the country that stirred tensions between Africa’s leading economic powerhouses.
Buhari and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa will meet today to discuss bolstering trade ties and political cooperation as both struggle to kickstart their stuttering economies.
While the recent violence attacks targeting foreigners nationals including Nigerians threatens to dominate the talks.
The three-day state visit, is the first by Buhari since 2013, was planned before mobs descended on foreign-owned properties in and around Johannesburg in early September.
The Presidency said one of the main features of the visit will be a Joint Business Forum with a focus on trade and investment.
“The state visit will not only provide an opportunity for the two Presidents to strengthen and deepen political, economic, social and cultural relations between the two countries, but will also create space for deliberations on issues of mutual interest and concern pertaining to the continent and global governance,” the Presidency said.
[PHOTOS]: President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mr Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived at Waterkloof Air Force Base airport ahead of the State Visit on Thursday, 03 October 2019. #SANigeriaRelations #NigeriaInSA @NGRPresident @MBuhari pic.twitter.com/btmpxcj9mU— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) October 2, 2019