Biden and Tinubu reaffirmed the commitment of respective governments to the long-standing partnership between Nigeria and the United States.
President of the United States Joe Biden has praised Bola Tinubu of Nigeria for his steadfast leadership as head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Additionally, Tinubu received praise from Biden for the steps his administration had taken to modernise the Nigerian economy.
This was said by the American president when he and Tinubu first met on September 10, 2023, in New Delhi, India, outside of the G20.
The Nigerian president attended a number of side events, particularly with the Indian business sector, which committed over $14 billion in investment to Nigeria, along with other world leaders who were in the South Asian nation for the 18th G20 summit.
The two leaders had a brief conversation during which they discussed ways to strengthen their long-standing friendship as well as their dedication to the U.S.-Nigeria partnership.
This was said in a succinct statement published on the official website of the US government on Sunday.
On the fringes of the G20 in New Delhi, India, President Joe Biden had a meeting with President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria. Part of the statement was read.
“President Biden commended President Tinubu for his outstanding leadership as the chair of the Economic Community of West African States to defend and safeguard democracy and the rule of law in Niger and the larger region. He also praised the Tinubu Administration’s efforts to modernise Nigeria’s economy.
The invitation said, “Nigeria’s invitation to the G20 Summit is a recognition of Nigeria’s important global role as Africa’s largest democracy and economy.”
The Nigerian President, for his part, took advantage of the occasion to reiterate the close ties between the two nations while also expressing his “desire for more robust engagements in the near future to discuss economic cooperation, democracy and regional stability, multilateral reforms, and other key issues,” according to a Federal Government statement.
In order to meet with his Nigerian counterpart at the UNGA later in the month, Biden had previously conveyed an invitation.
During a meeting with Tinubu at the State House in Abuja in late August, a U.S. Presidential Envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs named Ambassador Molly Phee delivered the invitation from the American President.