Sunday, August 9, 2009

Nigeria Heightens Security ahead of Hillary Clinton's visit

Security has been heightened in and around Abuja ahead of the visit of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of her seven-nation trip to Africa.

Her 11-day trip to Africa serves to support U.S. President Barack Obama's goal to assist Africa in economic growth and conflict resolution.

U.S. Intelligence officers have been in Nigeria for days to ensure that adequate security will be provided for Hillary Clinton. The strict security being put in place and coordinated by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja has taken security agents to many points Hillary Clinton is to visit, including the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport where she is expected to arrive  on Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton is expected to hold discussions with Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua on a number of issues affecting both countries. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton is expected to be hosted at a breakfast meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ojo Maduekwe at the minister's residence.


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