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US to sell military aircrafts to Nigeria

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  • as White House releases readout of Trump’s call To Buhari, Zuma

…Jude Johnson

The United States  (US) a marked departure from the former President Barack Obama administration’s policy, has promised to sell to Nigeria, the military aircrafts needed in the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in parts of the country.

This was confirmed on Thursday, in the White House released eadouts of President Donald Trump’s calls to the Presidents of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

The statement by the Office of  Press Secretary read: “President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.  President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with President Buhari to expand the strong partnership.

“The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide.  President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.  President Trump thanked President Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in the region and emphasized the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.”

In the same vein, Trump also promised to cooperate with South Africa In shared interests in the area of security, especially in the fight against terrorism.

The statement ofurther President read:

“President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to discuss ways to expand cooperation and trade between the United States and South Africa.  President Trump highlighted the strong bilateral trade ties between the two countries and expressed interest in identifying new, mutually beneficial opportunities for trade.  President Trump also suggested that the United States and South Africa do more to collaborate on shared security interests, including the fight against terrorism.  Both leaders agreed to continue dialogue on these priorities and find ways to deepen the bilateral partnership.”

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