President Obama Snubs Jonathan, Invites Four African Leaders to Washington
As part of “US government reactions” to the recent state pardon granted former governor of Bayelsa state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha by President Jonathan, The White House has removed the name of Nigeria’s President Jonathan from the list of the African leaders due to meet Obama in Washington DC next week.
President Barack Obama invited leaders of the four sub-Saharan African countries to a meeting on March 28 to discuss issues that borders on strengthening democratic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, generating economic opportunity and expanding trade and investment as well as advance peace and security.
African leaders chosen for the meeting are Presidents Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, Macky Sall of Senegal, Joyce Banda of Malawi and Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde.
The meeting which is to strengthen the US’s new strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa launched in June last year, having predicted Africa “to be the world’s next major economic success story’’. “underscores the strategic importance the president places on building partnerships and substantive engagement with sub-Saharan Africa, and our commitment to working with strong and emerging African democracies,’’ the White House said.
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