Trump confirms phone conversation with Buhari

Trump confirms phone conversation with Buhari

The Presidency says President Jacob Zuma and United States President Donald Trump spoke about South Africa's relationship with America, and the need for peace in Africa, during their first conversation on Monday.

On Monday, February 13, the Nigerian Presidency released a statement highlighting the discussion that ensued between Buhari and Trump.

White House Press secretary Sean Michael Spicer confirmed Trump's call to President Buhari in Tuesday's press briefing.

Spicer also noted that Trump received the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

His spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the chat was cordial.

Adesina added that both leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

Recall that US-owned global news media CNN had confirmed the conversation between the Nigerian leader and and his American counterpart amid insinuations in some quarters that President Buhari may have not had conversation with Trump because he was allegedly too sick to do so.

Adesina quoted Trump as encouraging President Buhari to keep up "the good work he is doing".

It further stated that Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at a mutually convenient date.

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