No fewer than 33 heads of states will be in Nigeria’s Capital City of Abuja next Monday for a summit on HIV/AIDS, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, has said. Onwuliri, who disclosed this to State House correspondents after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, attributed the anticipated presence of the heads of states to what she called Nigeria’s rising standing in world affairs. The minister, who said 33 heads of state had already confirmed that they would physically attend the summit, added that more confirmations were expected before actual arrival on Monday. She noted that the international annual summit would be holding 12 years after it was hosted by Abuja. Speaking further Onwuliri said the council also discussed the nation’s participation at 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly and welcomed the African Union’s (AU’s) endorsement of Nigeria for the candidature for the UN Security Council. “At its recent 50th anniversary summit, the AU, which agreed to henceforth be deploying more ICT and less paper work at its meetings and summits, adopted a treaty on arms trade meant to check proliferation of small arms and weapons,” she recalled. The minister assured that Nigeria would sign the AU arms trade treaty as it considered it a major victory in the fight against global terrorism.