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U.S., Nigeria vice presidents meet to boost ties

(Xinhua)

10:08, April 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday met with his Nigerian counterpart Namadi Sambo in Washington in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties, White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

During the White House meeting, Biden offered his condolences to Sambo for the dozens of lives lost in an Easter Day explosion in northern Nigeria, said the statement.

Reiterating America's strong support for Nigeria's efforts to improve socioeconomic and security conditions, Biden discussed opportunities to deepen cooperation on issues of mutual interest such as advancing trade and investment, promoting peace and security in West Africa, and countering terrorism, according to the statement.

Biden thanked Sambo for Nigeria's important role in Africa, and its exemplary leadership during the unrest in Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, and elsewhere, said the statement.

For his part, Sambo reaffirmed to Biden his government's commitment to expanding services and access to electricity, enhancing infrastructure to aid development, and improving the quality of life for all Nigerians, the statement added.

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