US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives Nigeria, meets Tinubu

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The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has arrived Nigeria’s capital Abuja  for a meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

Blinken, who arrived the country at about 6.55pm was received at the State House Forecourt by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume; Chief of Staff to the President, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr Dele Alake and his Information and National Orientation counterpart, Mohammed Idris.

Blinken is the highest-ranking official from the US President Joe Biden government to visit Nigeria since the February 25, 2023 poll that brought President Tinubu into office.

During his visit, Blinken is expected to hold bilateral meetings with President Tinubu and some of his key appointees.

After the bilateral meeting with the President, he is due to have a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar before his departure later this evening for Lagos where he will meet with the business community on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State’s week long African tour includes stops in Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Angola, focusing on discussions related to regional security, conflict prevention, democracy promotion, and trade.

The visit aims to underscore the Biden administration’s commitment to partnership with Africa, addressing issues like climate, economic investment, and food and health.

 

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