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27.01.2010 Press Release

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson's Travel

By The Statesman
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U.S. Assistant Secretary   for   African Affairs   Johnnie Carson is travelling to   Spain ,   Ethiopia ,   Ghana , Togo, Benin, and   Nigeria   from January 26 to February 10 .

Assistant Secretary Carson   will begin his travel in Madrid, Spain where he has meetings scheduled with counterparts from the European Union . Spain holds the   Presidency   of the EU.

Assistant Secretary Carson will go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the   African Union Summit . The U.S. delegation is being led by Under Secretary Maria Otero. In addition to the Summit activities, the U.S. delegation will have a number of bilateral discussions with African leadership.

Following the Summit, Assistant Secretary Carson will travel to   West Africa beginning   in Ghana where he will confer with President Mills, meet with representatives of the business community, and deliver remarks at a regional USAID conference in   Accra . In Togo, he is scheduled to meet with President Faure, Prime Minister Houngbo, and Foreign Minister Esaw. Similarly, the   Assistant Secretary   has meetings in Benin planned with President Yayi and Foreign Minister Ehouzou.

During his trip to Nigeria, Assistant Secretary Carson will visit   Lagos   and Abuja. In Lagos he will meet with members of civil society and representatives of the state government. Bilaterals with   Vice President Goodluck Jonathan   and   Foreign Affairs   Chief   Ojo Maduekwe   will highlight the   Abuja   portion of the trip.

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