United States Secretary of State, John Kerry is expected in Nigeria next week. Mr. Kerry who is expected in the nation’s capital, Abuja August 23-24, 2016, will hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on counter-terrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption, and human rights issues.
Mr. 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.
He will also be visiting Sokoto, to deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.
According to a statement by the Information Office Public Affairs Section, Embassy of the United States of America, Mr. Kerry will also will be visiting Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with President Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter-terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.
He 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.
Leaving Kenya, he is expected at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for 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 discussions with them 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.