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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

US determined to remain strong security partner for Nigeria -Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said the United States is determined to remain a strong security partner for Nigeria, whose military is backed by the U.S., Britain and other allies in a long war against Islamist insurgents.

Blinken also discussed challenges to democracy and security in the region during his meeting on Tuesday with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu in a visit that comes after last year's coup in neighboring Niger, one of a series of coups or attempted power grabs over the past few years in West and Central Africa.

Blinken said that he discussed how it is vitally important there be a focus on ensuring civilians are protected and humanitarian considerations.

On the Issue of Israel's war with Gaza, Blinken's Nigerian counterpart Yusuf Tuggar said there was commonality between their countries on a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel


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