Nigeria: Jonathan to Meet Obama April 12
Nasiru L. Abubakar
5 April 2010
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan will visit the United States of America on April 12-13 for the Nuclear Security Summit on the invitation of President Barack Obama.
Acting President Jonathan was earlier expected to visit the US on April 7.The nuclear summit is being promoted by President Obama and will attract over 40 heads of state in Washington.
The summit will take place just days after the US and Russia are scheduled to sign a new start treaty to reduce their nuclear weapons stockpiles.
The two-day summit would not be country-specific but would be aimed at eliminating clandestine proliferation and trafficking in nuclear weapons and material.
However, Iran and North Korea, accused of planning to build nuclear weapons have not been invited to the summit.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria-U.S. Bi-National Commission (BNC) agreement to improve bilateral relations in four key areas will be launched on Tuesday in Washington D.C.
Sources close to the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C and the U.S. State Department confirmed to NAN that the U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, will sign the agreement on April 6.
The event, which was earlier scheduled for April 7, was rescheduled to April 6 due to administrative reasons, the sources said. Last week, in his maiden news conference with reporters in Washington D.C., the new Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Prof. Ade Adefuye, described the agreement as a major step forward for the country.
Adefuye noted that the signing of the agreement was coming few days to Acting President Goodluck Jonathan’s historic visit to U.S.
Clinton and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ojo Maduekwe held discussions on how to forge a new partnership under the BNC.