December 7, 2022

Top Biden advisor Jon Finer traveling to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania to discuss rule of law, democracy, terrorism, COVID-19 and climate change

United States Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer
United States Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer

United States Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer will travel to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Mauritania for official meetings next week, NSC spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement on Saturday.

Finer will be joined by National Security Council Senior Director for Africa Dana Banks and Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Michael Gonzalez.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets virtually with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Horne said In Nigeria, Mr. Finer will affirm the importance of the U.S. relationship with Africa’s largest democracy, and discuss “our commitment to democratic progress, the rule of law, and combatting the threats posed by climate change and terrorism.”

President Kagame holds bilateral talks with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea | Kigali, 14 January 2019

“He will also discuss U.S. commitment to global health security as 3.5 million U.S.-donated Pfizer vaccine have arrived in Nigeria,” she added.

According to Horne, in Equatorial Guinea, the U.S. and Equatoguinean delegations will discuss maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani visits NATO and meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

“In Mauritania, the host of the G5 Sahel Executive Secretariat, the delegations will discuss our shared commitment to combatting terrorist groups as well as other issues of mutual interest,” she said. 

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