WASHINTON D.C. — President Donald Trump welcomed the President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the White House, where he expressed how the United States deeply values and appreciates Nigeria’s role as a strong, democratic leader in the region.
The United States is currently working to expand trade and commercial ties with African nations, including Nigeria, to create jobs and wealth in all of our countries. Nigeria is one of the United States largest trading partners in the region. — The United States provides Nigeria with well over $1 billion in aid every year.
President Buhari has also taken several steps to fight corruption, terrorism and improve the Nigerian business climate. The United States is helping its Nigerian partners by facilitating intelligence cooperation, and providing training and military equipment to Nigerian forces.
“Mr. President, thank you again for visiting the White House and being with us today,” said President Donald Trump. “Nigeria is a valued partner and a good friend. I look forward to working closely with you to deepen our cooperation and forge an even closer partnership. The United States is committed to working alongside Nigeria as we seek a future of strength, prosperity, and peace for both of our countries.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 maj 2018
“We very much welcome increased United States investment in Nigerian economy, especially the non-oil sector,” said President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Economic relations between Nigeria and the United States are anchored on three major instruments, namely the Bi-National Commission, Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act. The Bi-National Commission, in particular, comprised of bilateral, political, economic, governmental, and humanitarian partnership, is a basic economic framework for engagement between our two countries.”
Nigeria’s trade volume with the United States stood at 6.07 billion United States dollars according to 2016 statistics, and comprised 4.76 billion United States dollars, also, of Nigerian exports to the United States, and 1.894 billion United States dollar exports to Nigeria. We urge greater effort to increase these figures substantially.
Reported by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Politics
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