Nigeria key strategic partner for US: Hillary

Hillary lauds Nigeria`s contribution to peacekeeping efforts across Africa.

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2010, 12:43 PM IST

Washington: Describing Nigeria as a key global strategic partner for the US, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lauded the African nation`s contribution to peacekeeping efforts across the continent.

"Nigeria is a key strategic partner, not only in Africa but globally. It is Africa`s most populous nation, its largest democracy, a significant contributor to peacekeeping efforts across the continent, a crucial partner for economic growth, trade and direct investment with the United States,"
Hillary told reporters in a joint press availability with her Nigerian counterpart.

Hillary, who visited Nigeria last year, reiterated US support for Nigeria`s important election process in 2011. Both the leaders also discussed the launch of the Niger Delta and Regional Security Cooperating Working Group, which will meet in Washington next month.

The United States plans to provide USD 1.5 million in technical support to help meet Nigeria`s power-sector priorities.

Nigerian Foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia said he is particularly interested in ensuring peace and security and prosperity in the region that produces the commodity that has sustained Nigeria`s economy for 50 years.

PTI