President Muhammadu Buhari and Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Althani, are currently holding a crucial closed door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Qatari emir, who arrived at the Presidential Villa at 12:11pm on Tuesday, April 23, was received by President Buhari at the forecourt, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the forecourt welcome lasted for about 30 minutes, after which the two leaders went into the meeting, which is still ongoing as at the time of this report.
The Qatar leader is expected to return to Doha, the Qatari capital today immediately after the meeting.
Legit.ng recalls that the emir's visit followed President Buhari's travel to Doha, the Qatari capital in February 2016 on a meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
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During his 2016 visit to the oil-producing state, Buhari had emphasized the need for OPEC and non-OPEC member countries to cooperate and find a common ground to stabilise the price of crude oil. Buhari, at a bilateral meeting with the emir, also described the market situation at the time, which saw oil prices plummeting by 70 percent, as “totally unacceptable”.
Buhari had also received the former Qatari emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Althani, at the Presidential Villa in March 2018.
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Althani, would be received at the Presidential Villa Abuja by President Buhari on Tuesday, April 23.
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