Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 12, 2016

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby:

Secretary Kerry met today in London with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari. They met on the sidelines of the Anti-Corruption Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Secretary thanked President Buhari for his efforts to address corruption issues and for his decision to join the Open Government Partnership. He urged Nigeria to continue to make necessary reforms that further improve government transparency and accountability.

The Secretary also expressed a firm commitment to continue working closely with Nigeria on a range of issues, including the shared threat of extremism and the struggle against Boko Haram.

The President and the Secretary discussed the challenges facing Nigeria's economy and U.S. interest in encouraging private sector investment, which will be enhanced by the success of economic reforms being pursued by President Buhari.

Finally, Secretary Kerry offered continued U.S. support to help locate, track and investigate the whereabouts of looted funds, as we have done for Nigeria in the past. He also expressed appreciation that Nigeria will work with the United States on the Global Forum on Asset Recovery.