Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

Kerry To Meet Buhari Over Counter Terrorism, Corruption Fight Among Others

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…Also Meeting With Northern Governors on Religious Tolerance

By Nuel Suji – The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is expected in Nigeria next Tuesday, Aug. 23 to discuss U.S. cooperation with Nigeria over Boko Haram, economy and human rights issues.

Mr. Kerry is scheduled to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja to discuss issues of counter terrorism, economy, fight against corruption and human rights.

Spokesman John Kirby, stated Friday that the U.S. Secretary of State “will travel to Sokoto and Abuja, Nigeria on August 23-24.”

He also announced that, “in Sokoto, Kerry will remark on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in considering violent extremism.”

The Information Office of the Embassy of the U.S. in Abuja, said Kerry would hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Northern Governors.

“Kerry will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss counter terrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption and human rights issues.

“In Sokoto, he will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.

“In Abuja, the Secretary will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in society.

“He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders,” the statement said.

It added that Mr. Kerry would travel to Nairobi earlier on Aug. 22 to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.

The statement said the secretary would also meet with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa.

It said key challenges in East Africa included the prospects for resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support to Somalia’s political transition and ongoing fight against al-Shabaab.

The statement explained that the secretary would have the opportunity to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programmes during the visit.

According to it, Kerry will travel to Jeddah from Aug. 24 to 25 for a series of meetings with senior Saudi leaders.

It said the series of meetings would include his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the UK and the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

The statement said the secretary’s discussion would focus on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and efforts to restore peace and stability.

Additionally, the leaders will discuss the region’s most pressing challenges, including Syria and our global effort to counter Da’esh and violent extremism, the statement said. (NAN)

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