U.S. to open Consulate in Kano-Envoy

U.S. Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, says the US will open a consulate in Kano to further strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria.

Ms. Sherman announced this on Monday in an interview with newsmen after a brief meeting in Abuja with the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Voila Onwulere.

“I am absolutely delighted to be here in Nigeria; the real focus of our deliberation is on the strength of our bilateral relations, as the U.S. and Nigeria are partners on Bi-National Commission (BNC).

“The Minister and I have discussed what we will do to ensure security, peace and democracy in Africa,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the embassy has an office in Lagos and also operates American Corner, a nationwide information service centre.

Ms. Sherman said the additional consulate which would be opened in partnership with Nigeria, would further buttress the strength of bilateral relations between both nations.

According to her, the U.S. will continue to assist Nigeria to deal with its security challenges and support Nigeria in any way possible to deal with any threat.

In her remark, Ms. Onwulere said the regular visits of top U.S. officials to the country in recent times were evidences of the cordial relations both nations enjoyed.

“There hasn’t been a time that our bilateral relations are stronger than this; it takes countries with similar ideas to come together for a common cause.

“This visit underscores the strength of those relations, and we also exchanged messages from our presidents.

“We talked about key position of Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda, so these visits signal greater things to come not just in Nigeria but globally,’’ The minister said.

NAN reports that the BNC was established in 2010 to among other things promote good governance, regional security and tackle corruption.

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