In Pictures, Secretary Antony J. Blinken’s official visit to Nigeria in November 2021

United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was on an official visit to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, between November 18 and November 19, 2021, to strengthen ties with the West African nation and reinforce President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s mantra that “America is back” and “diplomacy is back.”

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Blinken met with President President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama to discuss the partnership between the governments of the United States and Nigeria.  

Here are some of the pictures taken during the visit.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement between U.S.and Nigeria in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement between U.S.and Nigeria in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
(Left to Right): U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in a group photograph at the signing of a five-year
(Left to Right): U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in a group photograph at the signing of a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement between U.S.and Nigeria in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement between U.S.and Nigeria in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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