US. secretary of state Anthony Blinken has assured President-elect Bola Tinubu of the U.S. commitment to further strengthen the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.
Mr Blinken, in a statement by the U.S. State Department, said he called Mr Tinubu on Tuesday to discuss issues of interest.
The secretary noted that the U.S.-Nigeria partnership was built on shared interests and strong people-to-people ties and that those links should continue strengthening under Mr Tinubu’s tenure.
He also discussed the importance of inclusive leadership representing all Nigerians, continued comprehensive security cooperation, and reforms supporting economic growth with the president-elect.
Also Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria Michael Freeman said his country is willing to support Tinubu’s administration. He made the remark during the celebration of Israel’s 75th independence anniversary ceremony of Israel’s statehood on Tuesday night in Abuja.
“We are excited to work with the president-elect, Senator Bola Tinubu, in his administration to advance these issues and many more,” said Mr Freeman.
“For 60 years, Israel and Nigeria worked together in many different fields. In recent years Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (I-FAIR) has been the flagship of our programmes.”
The Israeli ambassador assured that such initiatives through commitment and deeper bilateral relations with Nigeria would ensure a brighter future for the young generation and even those unborn.
Mr Tinubu will be sworn in as Nigeria’s president on May 29 amid lawsuits challenging the legitimacy of his victory in the February 25 presidential election. NAN

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