The United States Deputy Secretary of State,Mr Antony Blinken, would be leading a U.S. delegation to the SecondRegional Security Summit, scheduled to hold in Abuja from May 12th toMay 14th.
Heads of State of the Republics of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, CentralAfrican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and France would be participating in the three-day summit.
The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria said in a statement that the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is also on the delegation.
The statement also said that the U.S. Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Justin Siberell, would also be on the delegation to the regional security summit.
‘’U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, from May 12 to May 14, to lead the U.S. delegation to the second Regional Security Summit and for bilateral meetings.
“The Deputy Secretary will be joined in Abuja by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Justin Siberell,’’ it said.
The statement said that the deputy secretary would be delivering the U.S. government’s national statement at the summit.
It added that the U.S. official would also hold discussions with senior Nigerian and other Lake Chad countries’ authorities on how to fight Boko Haram.
According to the statement, Blinken will also review with Nigerian eaders’ progress on commitments made during this year’s March 30th Bi-national Commission meeting in Washington DC.
It also said that the deputy secretary would be meeting with innovators and entrepreneurs, to discuss how West African transformations in science and technology could promote the region’s economic advancement opportunities.
The statement added that she would also hold discussions with civil society leaders on Nigeria’s ongoing fight against corruption.