Posted by News Express | 24 September 2013 | 3,434 times
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in New York called for a stronger global consensus and determination to end the scourge of terrorism as quickly as possible.
Speaking at talks with President Barrack Obama of the United States ahead of today’s opening of the 68th session of the United Nations, the Nigerian leader warned that unless the international community unites and deploys its enormous resources to eradicate terrorism, it will continue to be embarrassed by terrorist outrages such as the heinous attack on defenceless shoppers in Nairobi at the weekend which both leaders strongly condemned.
Though he expressed appreciation for US support and assistance to Nigeria in the country’s fight against domestic terrorism headlined by the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Jonathan, however, made a case for more bilateral collaboration in this regard.
“The President said that his administration also looked forward to the further strengthening of Nigeria’s relations with the United States in the areas of trade and economic development,” according to a statement signed by his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati.
The statement said President Jonathan also applauded President Obama’s Power Africa and Youth Leadership Initiatives saying that both initiatives would complement aspects of his administration’s agenda for national transformation, adding:
“President Obama had while welcoming President Jonathan to their meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, described Nigeria as a critical partner of the United States in Africa.
He assured President Jonathan that the United States will continue to cooperate with Nigeria in all possible areas, including the war against domestic and global terrorism.”
President Jonathan was accompanied to the talks by the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke, and the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo.
The United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry and President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Ms. Susan Rice were also present at the talks.
•Photo shows Presidents Jonathan and Obama exchanging greetings . . . yesterday in New York.
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