United Secretary of State , John Kerry will on August 23-24 visit Abuja and Sokoto to meet with President Muhammed Buhari.
Kerry who will also be visiting Sokoto, will have a discussion on the counterterrorism, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption and human rights issues with president Buhari at the presidential villa Abuja
In Abuja , Kerry will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in society. He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders.
While in Sokoto,Mr. Kerry will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.
Mr Kerry will also be visiting Nairobi, Kenya on August 22 to meet with President Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counterterrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.
In a statement issued by the US embassy in Abuja, Kerry will also meet with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa, including the prospects for resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support to Somalia’s political transition and ongoing fight against al-Shabaab.
“He will have the opportunity to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programs.
“On August 24-25, Secretary Kerry will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for a series of meetings with senior Saudi leaders, his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen. His discussion will focus on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and efforts to restore peace and stability. Additionally, the leaders will discuss the region’s most pressing challenges, including Syria and our global effort to counter Da’esh and violent extremism.