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Nigeria, US discuss bilateral relations

15 August 2013, 07:47Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Nigeria and United States Government officials are scheduled to meet today and discuss critical bilateral relationships.

The US Embassy in Abuja confirmed the meeting would focus on regional stability and civilian security as well as further define challenges of mutual concern to both nations, and outline joint responses for future partnership.

Wendy Sherman, the American Under Secretary for Political Affairs, will lead the US delegation to the meeting scheduled to be held under the auspices of the  US-Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC).

The Embassy stated that the US' participation in the Commission meeting underlined America's commitment to the bilateral relationship and its support to the aspirations of the Nigerian people for a peaceful, prosperous, stable and democratic future.

"The US Government expresses in advance its gratitude to the Government of Nigeria for its friendship, cooperation, and hospitality on this occasion, and looks forward to productive talks," the Embassy stated ahead of the meeting scheduled for Abuja.

The US-Nigeria BNC meetings provide avenues for sharing ideas, perceptions, and best practices on matters of mutual concern, which are addressed in working groups.

The US is Nigeria's biggest trading partner and is undeniably its most important diplomatic ally.

In addition, an estimated 1 million Nigerians and Nigerian Americans live, study, and work in the US, while over 25 000 Americans live and work in Nigeria.

-    CAJ News


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