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Clinton arrives Nigeria on state visit

By Lawani Mikairu,
with agency report

Lagos – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive Nigeria Tuesday in continuation of her seven-nation tour of Africa.

She is coming in from oil-rich Angola where she met President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and oil industry executives on Sunday in the capital, Luanda.

During her  visit to Angola, she was expected to seek a greater share in Angola’s oil market for the US and counter China’s growing influence.

Last year, Angola overtook Saudi Arabia as China’s leading source of crude oil.

According to Nigeria’s  Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe,  Mrs Clinton is expected to touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 8.35 Tuesday night.

Nigeria will seize the opportunity of her visit to strengthen the bilateral ties between it and USA.

Clinton is expected during her stay, after meeting with President Umaru Yar’Adua, to hold a breakfast meeting with her Nigerian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, on Wednesday as well as a town hall meeting to be organized by the US Embassy on Thursday.”

He said this at the regular ministerial interactive session with Diplomatic Correspondents.


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