Ahead of the upcoming general elections, political party leaders are scheduled to meet with members of the diplomatic community on January 10, 2023.

This was contained in a press release co-signed by the President of the Nigerian Association of Foreign Relations Professionals, Ambassador Gani Lawal; and the Secretary General, Ambassador Ridhwan Mustapha, on Monday.

The meeting, to be hosted by AFRPN, aims to “deepen understanding of the entry-exit system that has informed Nigeria’s foreign policy choices in the international arena.”

According to the press release, the leaders of four political parties have been invited to the parliament which will take place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

The statement read in part: “Aware of the critical role that political parties play in the formulation, articulation and implementation of Nigerian foreign policy, the AFRPN, in line with its mandate to positively impact Nigerian foreign policy, has invited formally invited the leaders of four of the political parties contending for the post of president to rub heads with the diplomatic community as a way of deepening understanding of the entry-exit system that has informed Nigeria’s foreign policy choices in the field international.

“The AFRPN is the foremost Nigerian diplomatic forum consisting of major stakeholders in foreign relations issues. Its membership encompasses various institutions dealing with issues that transcend the nation’s borders, such as Nigeria’s serving and retired diplomatic staff and ambassadors, Nigerian officials in international organizations, and institutions dealing with foreign affairs affairs.

“The ‘Meet the Diplomatic Community’ Parliament will be held in the Foreign Office Rotunda at Balewa House, Federal Secretariat at 3pm on January 10, 2023. Our audience, in addition to our members, will include the foreign envoys from all countries accredited to Nigeria. Each candidate will have 15 minutes to speak and 10 minutes to answer questions.