THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
President Clinton Meets with Nigerian President-elect Obasanjo
Today, President Clinton met for the first time with Nigerian President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo. The meeting covered a range of bilateral and regional issues, including Nigeria's peacekeeping efforts through the Economic Community of West African States' Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), its ongoing economic reform and its progress building democratic institutions. The President underscored our commitment to continue to work on these and other challenges and opportunities that face Nigeria with the current Government of Nigeria and with President-elect Obasanjo's new government, to be inaugurated on May 29, 1999.
The meeting highlighted the broad and rapidly increasing cooperation between our two governments. The United States is determined to help Nigeria take its place as a democratic and economic leader in Africa.