Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, was on hand to receive the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Tuggar received the high-ranking diplomat at the presidential wing of the afternoon airport after his plane touched down Tuesday afternoon in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The brief airport reception, defined by the exchange of pleasantries, was led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume.
Blinken is expected to hold bilateral talks during his visit, with a focus on deepening democracy in the West African subregion and strengthening trade relations and security cooperation.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications Strategy to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alkasim Abdulkadir, said the minister would also use the opportunity to urge the US and the wider international community to give serious consideration to multilateral reforms, particularly that of democratising the United Nations Security Council.