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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 23, 1998


Meeting with Nigerian Head of State Abubakar

The President met today for the first time with Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar. They had a friendly and open discussion across a range of issues, including the progress that has been made on the transition to democratic civilian rule. The two leaders discussed how the United States and the international community could assist Nigeria in ensuring an open and transparent transition process and elections.

The President and General Abubakar also discussed increased cooperation in efforts to combat narcotics trafficking and organized crime. They had a productive exchange on ongoing technical assistance efforts to improve civil aviation security and safety.

The President expressed his strong appreciation for the efforts of General Abubakar to make progress towards a new era of democracy, respect for human rights, and stability, which will lead to further expansion of our bilateral relations.

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