Lieberman arrives in Nigeria

2009-09-08 11:38

Abuja - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived late on Monday in Nigeria in the latest leg of his eight-day swing through Africa, an Israeli diplomat said.

Lieberman arrived in the Nigerian capital Abuja with a delegation of around 20 business people, diplomats and Israeli military officials, said Shimon Mercer-Wood, deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy.

Lieberman was due to open an economic forum on Tuesday before meeting with Vice President Goodluck Jonathan and his Nigerian counterpart Ojo Maduekwe.

On Wednesday Lieberman is expected to sign a co-operation agreement with the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), which has its headquarters in Abuja.

Lieberman has already visited Ethiopia and Kenya and is due in Uganda later this week. A stop in Angola was cancelled due to scheduling problems.