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Hollande invites US, Britain to summit on Nigeria abductions

12 May 2014, 17:00

Yerevan - French President Francois Hollande said Monday he had invited US and British officials to attend a Paris summit this weekend focusing on the threat from Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

"I asked the Americans and British to send a delegation to Paris on Saturday so we can act together and in an efficient way," Hollande told journalists during a visit to the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Hollande on Sunday announced plans for the summit, which he said he hoped would bring together leaders from at least five African countries.

The leaders of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin may take part, a source close to the president said earlier.

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls on April 14 by Boko Haram in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok has sparked a wave of international outrage.




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