US ENDORSES THE NEW SERVICE CHIEFS, RENEWS DIPLOMATIC TIES

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Antony J Blinken, US Secretary of State

In recognition of the continuous effort of Nigerian government to ensure peace and security, the United States Government has stated its support for the newly appointment military service chiefs and re-affirm its commitment to a renewed diplomatic ties with Nigeria.

The US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, during a phone conversation with Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the new appointments are expected to bring new approaches to combating terrorism in the North-East and provide national security across the country.

Highlighting the importance that the United States placed on its relations with Nigeria, Blinken said a holistic approach to the US-Nigeria partnership based on shared values of democracy and respect for human rights is being pursued by Biden administration.

“Delighted to speak with Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama. We deeply value our bilateral relations with Nigeria and look forward to rejuvenating our partnership based on shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and robust people-to-people relations” he stated.

He further explained that President Biden’s reversal of immigrant visa restrictions on Nigeria and the support for Dr NgoziOkonjoIweala as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are some of the confirmations of the renewed ties between America and Nigeria.

Geoffrey Onyeama in his response, expressed delight at the discussion which he said covered a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues.

He said, “Very glad to re-engage, through a very nice phone call with US Secretary of State, Secretary Blinken. We covered a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues and look forward to increased cooperation.”

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