Statement by Ambassador W. Stuart Symington – U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Working Level Meeting

Today’s Working Level Meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission reaffirmed the depth of cooperation between our two countries.  Representing the United States were officials from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. These senior officials formed three principal working groups and discussed our progress in the areas of security cooperation, governance and democracy, as well as economic growth and development.

I am pleased to say that we agree with Nigeria on the priorities of the Buhari Administration. We are focused on the need to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, the fight against corruption, and the importance of successfully diversifying the Nigerian economy.  The United States Government supports progress on all of these priorities, with a strong bi-partisan consensus that has been sustained over many Administrations.  We will continue to advance this effort, working with Nigerians of all walks of life, in all parts of the country.  We will do so because Nigeria’s success and prosperity matters to its people, to the Continent, and to the United States and the rest of the World.

The next meeting of the Bi-National Commission will take place in 2017 with a High-Level Meeting.  At that time, we will review the progress we have made and identify opportunities to strengthen the relations between the United States and Nigeria.