Nigeria Agrees to International Security Summit on Boko Haram

France awaiting confirmation from four countries bordering Nigeria.

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South Africans protest in solidarity against abduction of Nigerian girls.
South Africans protest in solidarity against abduction of Nigerian girls.Credit: AP

A French official says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to attend a security summit on Saturday in Paris to focus on the Boko Haram terrorist network, which abducted more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month.

France is still awaiting confirmation from leaders of the four countries bordering Nigeria: Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Representatives of Britain, the EU and the United States will also be invited.

The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because details on the summit have not been finalized. French President Francois Hollande proposed the meeting.

The failure to rescue more than 200 girls who remain captive has attracted international outrage.

Experts from the United States, France, Britain, China, Israel and Spain are expected in Nigeria to help the authorities.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to help Nigeria in the efforts to find the missing school girls. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the Israeli offer, after speaking with Netanyahu over the phone.

"Israel expresses deep shock at the crime against the girls," Netanyahu told the Nigerian president, according to the prime minister's bureau. "We are ready to help in finding the girls and

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