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President Buhari commends the United States for declaring support for Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the United States of America for declaring its support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new position, which signifies a shift and important turnaround in the relation between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration.

“Today, we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala, to lead the WTO. We look forward to working very closely with the new US administration on this and all issues of common interests, especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth, fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues,” statement from the Presidency issued by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, reads.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala’s challenger, Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, had withdrew her candidacy for the top WTO position. Consequently, the US declared its support for Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala.

“The US takes note of today’s decision by the Republic of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee to withdraw her candidacy for the director- general of the WTO.

“The Biden-Harris administration is pleased to express its strong support for the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala.

“Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years in the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian finance minister.

“She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience, managing a large international organisation with a diverse membership,” part of the statement reads.

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