“Strengthen Ethno-Religious Tolerance in Nigeria”- U.S. Ambassador Brownback

Lagos-The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, has urged Nigerian political office holders, representatives of civil society and religious leaders to avoid amplifying ethno-religious tension in the country and to focus on peacebuilding. At a one-day national youth dialogue on ethno-religious tolerance organized by the U.S Consulate General Lagos, in partnership with the ...
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Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment – Remarks of Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the AGOA Forum

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Robert, for that kind introduction, and good morning, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I’m honored to welcome you to the State Department. And on behalf of the United States Government, I’m delighted to open the 17th annual Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and ...
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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today to mark the release of the 18th annual Trafficking in Persons or TIP Report. It is an honor to ...
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Rural Herder-Farmer Violence in Nigeria – Statement by Heather Nauert, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of civilians and destruction of property in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region over the weekend.  We are concerned by the recent increase in armed violence against civilians and call on all political and community leaders to lend their voices to peace and to work together ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Pompeo – United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record levels, it is vital that new actors ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson – Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack on Saturday night in Damboa, Nigeria.  This violent attack – aimed at civilians celebrating with their families and communities during the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – is a reminder of the depravity of those ...
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Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom to travel to Nigeria

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Abuja, Kaduna, and Lagos, Nigeria from June 18-22. Alongside Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, Ambassador Brownback will meet with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups. The Ambassadors will also tour the National Mosque and visit a refugee camp. For more information, please ...
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TRANSCRIPT: Briefing on the 15th Anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing on the 15th Anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. May 29, 2018 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the ...
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Statement On The Occasion of Democracy Day, 29 May 2018

U.S. Joins Allies and Partners in Celebrating Nigeria’s Democracy Day and Calls for Free, Fair, and Inclusive 2019 Elections We join Nigerians today in celebrating the day on which democracy and civilian rule were restored. In Nigeria, as in so many of our countries, the right for all citizens to enjoy equal participation in the democratic ...
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U.S. Candidate for Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

White House Press Statement on Ken Isaacs The Administration of President Donald J. Trump strongly supports the candidacy of Ken Isaacs as Director General for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The United States is the world leader in humanitarian assistance, and we will continue to lead. That is why we believe it is crucial ...
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Talking Points for Consul General John Bray 2018 World Press Freedom Day

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 2018 World Press Freedom Day. Let me also extend our special thanks to our distinguished speakers and panelists who will be discussing various aspects related to this year’s theme ––Media and the Transparency of the 2019 Election. I would like to warmly ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the craven terrorist attacks Tuesday against a mosque in Mubi, Nigeria.  These attacks, which deliberately targeted people at a place of worship, are a stark reminder of the depravity of those who commit mass murder against innocents.  As President Donald J. Trump reaffirmed with President Buhari of ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 1, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Deputy Secretary John Sullivan met with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama on April 30, as part of the official working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Washington, DC. The Deputy Secretary recognized Nigeria’s leadership on our shared ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 12:09 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s an honor to be with President Buhari of Nigeria.  We have many things that we do together, as you know, probably — especially on terrorism and terrorism-related. We also have a very big trade deal that we’re working on for military equipment — ...
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Meet Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ...
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Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the  2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as ...
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Press Briefing with U.S. Army Africa Acting Commanding General Brig Gen Eugene LeBoeuf and Nigeria Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen T.Y. Buratai ALFS 2018

OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the African Land Forces Summit. During today’s conference, phone lines are in a listen-only mode with question and answer a little bit later on. If you should require operator assistance, you may press * and then 0. And as a reminder, today’s call is ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to the White House on April 30, 2018.  President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at a Press Availability

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria March 12, 2018 MODERATOR: Gentlemen of the press, we are delighted to have hosted the American Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, who just left our president a short while ago. Now he is here with our minister of foreign affairs, and they are going to ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

The below is attributable to the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on March 12 in Abuja to strengthen the U.S. partnership with Nigeria. He recognized Nigeria’s leadership in the Lake Chad Basin Multinational Joint Task Force which seeks to defeat Boko Haram and the ISIS affiliate in ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at a Press Availability

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria March 12, 2018 MODERATOR: Gentlemen of the press, we are delighted to have hosted the American Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, who just left our president a short while ago. Now he is here with our minister of foreign affairs, and they are going to ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for African Countries Facing Severe Food Insecurity

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, where millions are facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or ...
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U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to ...
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TRANSCRIPT – Press Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Don Yamamoto – Secretary Tillerson’s March 6-13 Visit to A

Africa Regional Media Hub Teleconference, Washington, D.C. OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Department of State conference call. At this time, all participants are in listen only mode. Later, we will conduct a question and answer session, and instructions will be given at that time. If you should ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi, N’Djamena, and Abuja

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON On his first official trip to Africa, Secretary Rex Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria, March 6-13, 2018. Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership ...
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TRANSCRIPT – Telephonic Press Briefing: Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan on AGOA

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing with Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan AGOA and U.S. Economic Policy in Africa Via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. February 13, 2018  OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for standing by and welcome to the Department of State AGOA and U.S. Economic Policy in Africa conference call. At ...
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National Security Strategy in a Regional Context – AFRICA

Africa remains a continent of promise and enduring challenges. Africa contains many of the world’s fastest growing economies, which represent potential new markets for U.S. goods and services. Aspiring partners across the continent are eager to build market-based economies and enhance stability. ­ ­ The demand for quality American exports is high and will likely ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a new National Security Strategy that sets a positive strategic direction for the United States that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great ...
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Press Statement – Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 21, 2017 The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack in Mubi, Adamawa State and extends our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and the families of the victims killed in the attack. That the victims were targeted and killed in a place of worship demonstrates yet ...
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THE UNITED STATES – NIGERIA BI-NATIONAL COMMISSION JOINT COMMUNIQUE

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on November 20, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria. The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, United States of America. This year’s BNC focused on advancing U.S.-Nigerian shared prosperity, including discussion ...
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Deputy Secretary Of State John Sullivan Opening Remarks: U.S.-Nigeria BNC

Thank you for your warm welcome, Foreign Minister Onyeama. It is a pleasure to be here in Nigeria and an honor to lead the U.S. delegation to this year’s U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission. I am joined by colleagues from the State Department, USAID, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and our Trade Representative. As the interagency makeup ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Visits Nigeria for BNC

Abuja, Nigeria – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will visit Nigeria on November 19 and 20, where he will lead the U.S. interagency delegation to the Bi-National Commission (BNC) meetings in Abuja. The Bi-National Commission will be hosted by Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama. Working groups at the BNC will focus on security ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, ...
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Nigeria National Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian people as you celebrate your national independence on October 1. The United States and Nigeria have a strong and enduring partnership that benefits both our nations. The U.S.-Nigeria partnership is ...
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Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects for Advancing Durable Peace

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning. Thank you, President Lindborg, for the kind introduction. I am grateful to you and Ambassador Carson for the invitation to participate in this important symposium on Nigeria. It is great to be back ...
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U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Remarks of Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As prepared) Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always ...
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Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa visits Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria– Admiral Michelle J. Howard, commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, will visit Abuja, Nigeria, September 7-8, where she will meet senior Nigerian civilian and military officials to discuss maritime collaboration and the naval bilateral relationship. Admiral Howard is scheduled to visit Nigeria’s ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation visits Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria– An eight member Congressional delegation from the United States will visit Nigeria from August 28 – August 31.  The delegation will be led by Senator Christopher Coons (D-Delaware).  Senator Coons is a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. The delegation also includes Senator Gary Peters ...
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U.S. Joins Nigeria’s Dedication of Medical ‘Warehouse in a Box’

Abuja, Nigeria – Today, Stephen M. Haykin, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to inaugurate a new state-of-the-art medical storage facility that provides medical authorities better access to life saving medicines and other essential health commodities. Known as a “warehouse in a box,” ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Statement on Famine

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a presidential statement today on the risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and northeast Nigeria. Across these countries, 20 million people are at risk for famine, making it the largest food security emergency since World War II. This marks the first time the UN Security Council ...
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TRANSCRIPT – AGOA Forum: Telephone Press Briefing with U.S. Government officials on Africa Affairs & Trade in Africa.

Telephonic Press Briefing with Mr. Peter Henry Barlerin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, and Ms. Constance A. Hamilton, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Via Teleconference, Foreign Press Center, Washington, DC August 3, 2017 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience in standing by. Welcome to the Preview Africa Growth Opportunity ...
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U.S. Special Envoy Holds Roundtable with Religious Leaders Fighting Corruption

Lagos–– Acting United States Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Amy Lillis held a round-table discussion on Thursday with members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group. The Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group was formed in 2016 by Muslim and Christian religious leaders with the primary goal of addressing how faith communities ...
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Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the Risk of Famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Northeast Nigeria

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 16, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador. Thank you to Deputy Secretary-General Mohamed, Mr. Bousquet, and Mr. Tamburini for your briefings today. In the marshes of South Sudan, famine means that people are trying to ...
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U.S. Government Signs $469 Million Nigeria HIV/AIDS COP 2017

Abuja – Today, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., signed the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Country Operational Plan (COP 2017). The Country Operational Plan is an annual program plan for U.S. government investments in the Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Response through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  U.S. government commitment to the ...
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AFRICOM Commander holds talks with Nigerian Leaders

Abuja, Nigeria– United States Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of the United States Africa Command is in Nigeria to hold a series of meetings with Nigerian military and security leaders. During his two day visit to Abuja, he is scheduled to meet the country’s military and security chiefs as well as Acting President ...
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‘Power Africa’ Coordinator: U.S. Programs ‘Making a Difference’ to Improve Sector

During a three-day visit to Nigeria this week, ‘Power Africa’ Coordinator Andrew M. Herscowitz reaffirmed the longstanding commitment of the United States to improving power in Nigeria and observed that U.S. support was already “making a difference” in the troubled sector. On Monday, Herscowitz visited the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, where he spoke with stakeholders ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.  President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its ...
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Power Africa Coordinator, Andrew Herscowitz at a Workshop for Nigerian Power Distribution Companies

Yesterday (February 14, 2017),  Andrew Herscowitz, Power Africa Coordinator, spoke at a workshop for Nigerian power distribution companies. Power Africa brings together the private sector and governments to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power, on and off grid, on the African continent. In 2017, 95 million Nigerians still ...
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U.S. “Power Africa” Coordinator to Visit Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria–Andrew Herscowitz, coordinator of the U.S. government’s multiagency Power Africa Initiative, will visit Nigeria this week to meet with top officials in the governmental, nongovernmental, and private sectors working to improve delivery and institutionalize administration of electrical services in West Africa’s largest economy. Herscowitz, who has been Power Africa Coordinator since the initiative was ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Nigerian President Buhari

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Kerry met with Nigerian President Buhari today on the margins of the COP22 in Marrakech. President Buhari updated the Secretary on his government’s ongoing efforts to combat systemic corruption, defeat Boko Haram, and address the serious humanitarian situation in northern Nigeria. Secretary Kerry pledged continued ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Trump After Meeting

Oval Office | 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump.  It was wide-ranging.  We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.  We talked about foreign policy.  We talked about domestic policy.  And as I said last night, ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – Nigeria National Day Message

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1. I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, ...
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Remarks by President Obama after Bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

12:09 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It’s a great pleasure to once again meet with President Buhari of Nigeria, along with his delegation.  Nigeria is one of the largest, most populous and most important countries not just in Sub-Saharan Africa but in the world.  And I am very pleased that we have been able to build ...
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United States Special Envoy for Climate Change Travels to Abuja

United States Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel to Abuja September 6-7 for meetings with Nigerian government officials, business leaders, and civil society members to discuss opportunities for leadership by Nigeria and other nations in Africa in implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement as well as the importance of climate and ...
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Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield Lauds Religious Leaders Fighting Corruption in Nigeria

Lagos ––The U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, met with five steering members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Committee on August 25 to discuss their ongoing efforts to counter corruption in Nigeria through teaching, preaching, and government advocacy. Reverend Ladi Thompson of the Living Waters Unlimited Church and Imam Shefiu ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry – Meet and Greet With Staff and Families of Embassy Abuja

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Good morning, everybody. How are you? Everybody good? AUDIENCE: (Cheering.) SECRETARY KERRY: Now, let’s do a little organizing here. You’re getting wet, man. (Laughter.) So I want you – push back a little bit so – now we – I want you to get out of the water. ...
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