President Goodluck Jonathan may be having a meeting with President Obama of the United States of America as early as next month but details of the meeting are yet to be made public.
According to Thisday Newspaper, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, who met with Jonathan at the State House yesterday, disclosed the likelihood of the two leaders meeting but did not give details on when and where the meeting would take place.
Sherman, who is leading a delegation to the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission meeting, said: “Our presidents will likely meet soon. I will leave that announcement to the President of the United States and the President of Nigeria.”
“I have given him a letter from President Barak Obama and he was gracious enough to accept it and we look forward to working further on the basis of the letter,” he added.
Noting that “Nigeria is a very important country, not only here on the continent but around the world”, having served on the Security Council of the UN
“and it is likely to do so again in future”, he indicated that all these, in addition to its leadership role in the Committee on Democracy and peacekeeping within the ECOWAS, it is a partnership that is important to us.
“Secretary Kerry had a meeting with President Jonathan in Addis Ababa at the AU summit and so we look for every opportunity to strengthen our relationship,” he added.
On the Bi-national Commission, Sherman said: “It is really an invaluable tool for the two countries to work together for a strong relationship between them and to support Nigeria as it moves forward to meet all the challenges before it.
“The issues before the bi-national commission range from security to governance, education, and agriculture.”