White House Officials confirm, at Blair House, President Obama talked with acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about Jonathan’s April 8, 2010 meeting with the father of the Christmas Day bombing suspect. 22 year old Nigerian, Farouk Adhulmuttalab, allegedly attempted to bomb an American aircraft in skies above Detroit, Michigan.
It is reported that President Jonathan held a closed door, hour long meeting at the Nigerian Presidential Villa with Urmaru Muttalab.
In Washington, D.C. the Obama- Jonathan discussion occurred during one of the Sunday prelude meetings to the Nuclear Weapons Summit where forty world leaders are slated to attend the nuclear arms reduction discussions.
The Jonathan-Muttalab meeting is of great importance to both countries. It is an issue of “mutual importance” according to the Obama administration. The United States is looking for more clues into the Christmas day attempted bombing.
The Nigerian Government wants to be taken off of a terror watch list after the Christmas Day incident. Following the attempted bombing, the United States federal government immediately placed Nigeria on a 14 nation terror watch list and ordered a thorough screening of Nigerians traveling to the Unites States, a development highly criticized by the Nigerian government.
This week the United States announced it will implement new airline security measures that would replace mandatory screening of air passengers from the 14 listed countries.