The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mr. Antony Bliken is scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the high level of insecurity in Nigeria.
The meeting which is scheduled to be virtual, will be the Secretary’s first foray into African affairs, since President Joe Biden came into office.
The United States is hoping to use the meeting to foster economic ties and promote diversification; strengthen democratic policies; and to discuss matters touching insecurity.
According to a statement released by Ned Price, Blinken’s spokesman, the Secretary is to meet with President Buhari and his Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The statement read: “Secretary Blinken will begin his virtual travel to Africa meeting with Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumni.”
“In a ‘Ten Questions with Tony‘ event, YALI alumni will have an opportunity to engage with the Secretary on a range of topics, including the role of youth in the future of Africa, economic development, democracy and good governance, climate change and health.”
“Through YALI, the United States works with public, private sector, and civil society partners across the continent to develop initiatives and economic opportunities to support the creativity,
innovativeness, and energy of Africa’s youth.”
“Secretary Blinken will then travel virtually to Nigeria, where he will underscore our shared goals of strengthening democratic governance, building lasting security, and promoting economic ties and diversification.”
“People-to-people connections, underpinned by the dynamic Nigerian diaspora in the United States, and strengthen our relationship. During his visit, Secretary Blinken will meet with President Buhari Minister to reiterate the value of our bilateral relationship and discuss issues of shared importance.”
“Secretary Blinken will also participate in a health partnership event to underscore our collaboration to combat the pandemic as well as long-term US investments in combating infectious diseases. He will meet with a beneficiary of a PEPFAR programme and a Nigerian health care worker.”