U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission

2012 U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission
Deputy Secretary Bill Burns headed the U.S. delegation during the meetings held in Washington, DC at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Deputy Secretary Burns (June 4): "Today’s gathering is both unique and historic, and I am honored to be a part of it. Never before have we brought such a diverse and senior group of Nigerian and U.S. officials together under the auspices of the Binational Commission. It is also a sign of our wide-ranging ambitions that we welcome such a diverse and distinguished group." Opening Remarks» Closing Remarks» More»

Secretary Clinton and Nigerian Foreign Minister Ashiru After Their Meeting
Secretary Clinton (Sept. 29):
"The U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission is our flagship agreement for bilateral cooperation on the entire African continent. When we signed the agreement just 17 months ago, we set bold goals for ourselves. Today, the foreign minister and I discussed how far we have come in each area of the commission, including advancing good governance, promoting energy access and reliability, improving food security, dealing with extremism, and so much else." Full Text»

U.S. - Nigeria Binational Commission Meets Regularly
(Nov. 18):
"On your broader question regarding U.S. support to Nigeria, of course we have the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission, which meets on a regular basis. And we continue to work with Nigeria on its long-term needs, particularly helping to strengthen its institutions of government, which are vitally important to enable a country like Nigeria to extend its sovereignty throughout its country and be able to take the kind of steps that we’ve seen in this particular instance. We continue to talk to Nigeria about issues such as corruption. I mean, Nigeria is a country with significant wealth. However, that wealth has not yet, in our view, been sufficiently invested for the benefit of the Nigerian people. So we want to see Nigeria develop a broader economy that helps people throughout its country and in every part of its country. And the economy is a pivotal element of helping Nigeria with its internal security." Special Briefing: Current Global Issues and Events»

US-Nigeria Binational Commission Niger Delta & Security Cooperation Working Group Meeting
Sept. 13: The U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission convened for its third full working group meeting in Washington, hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Full Text»

U.S.-Nigeria Nuclear Safety, Security, and Nonproliferation Consultations
(May 27): These discussions mark another step in U.S.-Nigerian bilateral efforts to work more closely together on commonly held international security objectives. Media Note»

Launch of First Working Group of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission, May 25-27
(May 25): Under Secretary María Otero led the U.S. delegation to launch the Good Governance, Transparency and Integrity (GTI) Working Group of the Binational Commission in Nigeria on May 25-27. This was the first of four working groups to convene on this issue. Media Note»

Signing Ceremony for the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission
Secretary Clinton (Apr. 6): "Today, we are taking a concrete step forward that will strengthen and deepen the partnership between our two nations. This new vehicle for cooperation grew out of discussions we began during my visit to Nigeria last August. And it reflects the commitment of the United States to this absolutely critical bilateral relationship." Full Text»  2009 Trip to Africa»



U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission
(Apr. 6): On April 6, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nigerian Secretary to the Government of the Federation Yayale Ahmed inaugurated the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission, a strategic dialogue designed to expand mutual cooperation across a broad range of shared interests. The Commission is a collaborative forum to build partnerships for tangible and measurable progress on issues critical to our shared future. Media Note» Framework»