Jonathan Calls For Strengthening Of Nigeria-US Binational Commission

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, (THEWILL) – President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Abuja called for the further strengthening of the Nigeria-United United States Bi-National Commission to make it an even more productive platform for boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Speaking at an audience with the outgoing Ambassador of the United States to Nigeria, Mr. Terence McCulley, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, said, President Jonathan described the Commission which was established during President Barack Obama’s first term in office as a very laudable initiative which should be nurtured and built upon by both countries.

The President called for the maintenance of the regularity of the twice-yearly meetings of the Commission which is co-chaired by the United States Secretary of State and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, saying that it will greatly help to further improve cooperation between the two countries in various areas including economic relations, trade, security and defence.

He thanked Mr. McCulley for his efforts to strengthen the already cordial relations between Nigeria and the United States and wished him success at his next post.

Mr. McCulley thanked President Jonathan for the support and cooperation he received from the Federal Government during his tenure.

He told the President that the United States continues to regard Nigeria as a key strategic partner in Sub-Saharan Africa and will keep on working with Nigeria to strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation in all possible areas.