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Trump hosts Nigeria's president in the White House – the first African leader to visit



Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is said to be the first African leader to visit Donald Trump, just three months after the US president is to dismiss African countries as "Shithole lands."

Mr Buhari will arrive in Washington on Monday discussing the economic, security and military ties.

But observers wonder if Mr. Trump's earlier remarks could cause some friction.

In January, he allegedly demanded a private meeting of US legislators: "Why do we have all this? People from the Shithole countries are coming here?"

The comment – denied by Trump – referred in particular to African countries, said Senator Dick Durbin, who was present at the meeting. At that time, Mr. Durbin said the language had spoken was "hateful, abominable and racist".

Mr. Trump responded by telling reporters, "I'm the least racist person you've ever interviewed."

The meeting comes weeks after Rex Tillers, then US Secretary of State, visited Nigeria and other African countries. This trip was widely regarded as an attempt to streamline relations after Trump's alleged comments caused indignation across the continent.

"President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to improve our strategic partnership and drive our shared priorities," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

She added that the priorities would include "promoting economic growth and reforms, countering terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and strengthening Nigeria's role as a democratic leader in the region".

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President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari Speaks at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 20, 2016 (Getty)

Mr. Buhari, a 75-year-old former military leader, will emphasize his commitment to democracy, despite reports of rampant corruption and bad governance, according to Reuters.

He will emphasize the importance of West Africa to play the role of the country in ensuring stability across the continent despite the threat of insurgents by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the northeast

After the talks, he meets specialized agricultural enterprises [19659002] High-ranking government officials from Nigeria Number of projects with executives of major US transport companies


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