US: Senior US official to attend security summit in Nigeria

Washington, DC., US (PANA) - US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on 12-14 May to lead the U.S. delegation to the second Regional Security Summit and for bilateral meetings.

A statement issued by the US State Department on Wednesday said the Deputy Secretary of State will be joined in Abuja by Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell.

The statement said at the Regional Security Summit, Blinken will deliver the U.S. national statement and meet with senior leaders to discuss efforts to support Nigeria and the other Lake Chad Basin countries in the fight against Boko Haram.

It said participation is expected to include heads of state from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and France.

He will also review with Nigerian leaders progress on commitments made during the March 30, 2016 Binational Commission meeting in Washington.

The statement said Blinken will meet with innovators and entrepreneurs to discuss how transformations in science and technology in West Africa can shape and promote the advancement of economic opportunity through innovation, and with civil society leaders to discuss the ongoing fight against corruption.
-0- PANA MA 12May2016

12 may 2016 07:57:30

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