The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has, on behalf of the United States Government and the American people, extended best wishes to Nigerians on the 61st anniversary of their country’s independence.
Blinken, in a statement titled, “Nigeria National Day,’’ sent to Saturday PUNCH by the US Consulate General, Lagos, on Friday stated that the strong partnership between the US and Nigeria was based on their common commitment to democracy and diversity, and a shared spirit of entrepreneurship.
It stated, “The strong partnership between our two countries is based on our common commitment to democracy and diversity, and a shared spirit of entrepreneurship. As your partner, we will continue to support Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment.’’
The US Secretary of State noted that the US valued Nigerian leadership on issues including African peace and security, ending the COVID-19 pandemic building more inclusive economy, reducing greenhouse emissions and creating a clean energy future.
He added, “The United States looks forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.’’
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