White House: Trump to host Buhari on April 30 in Washington

The United State white House on Sunday evening announced that President Donald Trump will host Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on April 30.

The white House said in a statement that the meeting between both leaders will be focused on issues including fighting terrorism and economic growth.

“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 as a democratic leader in the region.

“The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity,” the statement read in part.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Buhari was the first African leader Trump called on the phone following his inauguration as the U.S. president.

Diplomatic experts said Buhari, being the first African leader called by Trump, only reaffirmed Nigeria’s strategic position in Africa.

Meanwhile, the former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also visited Nigeria in February in a first five-country African tour embarked upon by an official of the administration.

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