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Joint Press Availability With Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Abuja, Nigeria
August 12, 2009


Excerpt from AP video of Secretary Clinton’s Joint Press Availability with Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe

SECRETARY CLINTON: And therefore we strongly support and encourage the government of Nigeria's efforts to increase transparency, reduce corruption, provide support for democratic processes in preparation for the 2011 elections.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Al Qaida has a presence in northern Africa, in the Sahel. There's no doubt in our mind that al Qaida and like organisations that are part of the syndicate of terror would seek a foothold anywhere they could find one, and whether that is the case here or whether this is a home-grown example of fundamentalist extremism, that's up to the Nigerians to determine.


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