US Hillary Rodham Clinton to visit Nigeria On Thursday

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 7th, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the U.S.-South Africa Business Partnership Summit in Johannesburg August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, would arrive in Abuja on Thursday to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock.

Clinton, whose advance party had arrived Abuja to put finishing touches to the preparations for her arrival, is also billed to meet with some government officials.

State Department sources, had reported last month that Clinton would be visiting Nigeria early August but at that time, the details of her visit was being harmonised by governments of both countries.

When her visit was officially announced some days later, Nigeria was missing on the list of countries the top US official would be visiting during her 10-day trip to Africa, fuelling speculations in some sections of the media that Nigeria was left out because of the state of security.

Clinton, who is on a 10-day trip to Africa, with stops in Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Malawi and South Africa, met with leaders of those countries, in what a statement by the State Department said was, “to emphasise US policy commitments outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive – to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, advance peace and security as well as promote opportunity and development for all citizens.”

From Nigeria, she will leave for Ghana as head of US delegation to President John Attah Mills’ burial slated for August 10

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