Deputy Secretary of State, United States of America, Mr. Antony Blinken is in Nigeria to meet with a wide range of government officials and non-governmental experts to discuss key political, economic, and security issues ahead of President Buhari’s visit to the states later this month.
Deputy Secretary Blinken will meet with senior government officials in Abuja to discuss expanding cooperation on our shared priorities ahead of President Buhari’s visit to Washington in July. He will also meet with civil society representatives and alumni of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In Nigeria Deputy Secretary Blinken will be accompanied by senior officials from the Treasury Department, Department of Defence, and United States Agency for International Development, according to a statement on the website of Department of State.
Deputy Secretary Blinken will then travel to Niamey on July 9 to meet with senior Nigerien officials and civil society representatives. In particular, the Deputy will emphasize our critical security cooperation with Niger and the importance both our countries place on countering violent extremism in the region.