More details of the telephone conversation between President Buhari and US President, Donald Trump have emerged.
Trump had on Monday spoken to Mr. Buhari, who is vacationing in London. It was the first time both leaders would communicate directly since Mr. Trump assumed office as his country’s 45th president on January 20.
Responding to an inquiry by Premium Times, the U.S. Department of State has provided details of the discussions between the two leaders.
Tiffany Jackson-Zunker, Deputy Director, Africa Regional Media Hub at the State Department, sent an email containing a readout of the telephone call to the newspaper.
The readout reads, “President, Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.
“President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with President Buhari to expand the strong partnership.
“The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide.
“President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.
“President Trump thanked President Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in the region and emphasized the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.”
Ms. Jackson-Zunker also said a text of the readout had now been posted to the White House website.