President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on 10th September 2023, held a brief chat with his US counterpart, President Joe Biden, at the G20 Summit in India.
President Tinubu used the opportunity to reaffirm the strong relations between the two countries. He further expressed his desire for more robust engagements in the near future to discuss economic cooperation, democracy and regional stability, multilateral reforms, and other key issues.
Announcing the meeting with Nigeria’s President, the US White House published its own press statement, which reads:
“President Joe Biden met with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu today on the sidelines of the G20 in New Delhi, India to reinforce our enduring commitment to the U.S.-Nigeria relationship and to the longstanding friendship between our two countries and peoples.
“President Biden welcomed the Tinubu Administration’s steps to reform Nigeria’s economy and thanked President Tinubu for his strong leadership as the chair of the Economic Community of West African States to defend and preserve democracy and the rule of law in Niger and the broader region. Nigeria’s invitation to the G20 Summit is a recognition of Nigeria’s important global role as Africa’s largest democracy and economy”, the statement concluded.
President Bola Tinubu is expected to have a bilateral meeting with President Biden on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly set to kick off next week.