Madrid, 19 (Europa Press)
The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in the country’s capital Abuja this Thursday, where they discussed security aspects and the state of democracy in the region.
Blinken and Buhari point to the importance of “strengthening democracy in West Africa and the democratic principles of free press and digital freedom, peaceful protest and dissent, as well as respect for human rights,” the State Department said in a release. highlighted in
In addition, he has highlighted “cooperation” between the two countries and “shared priorities” with regard to climate, the health status gained from the COVID-19 pandemic, or Washington’s support for the renewable energy sector in the African country.
Speaking at an event in Nigeria, Blinken said that taking the matter of security as an example, “the great challenges faced by all citizens cannot be met by acting alone”.
“We greatly appreciate the security cooperation that we are developing and we make sure to do it in a comprehensive manner that puts our concerns about people first and foremost in what we are doing,” he said. “
However, he has emphasized how “original” it will be to face the “next pandemic”, that in the future, Africa has the potential to make vaccines.