WASHINGTON - The United States will send a team of military and police experts to Nigeria to help find more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, amid a growing wave of outrage over their abduction.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he had made the offer in a phone call to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, which the Nigerian leader accepted.
Washington has also offered to set up a coordination cell at its embassy in Abuja with US military personnel, law enforcement officials as well as experts in hostage situations.
"President Goodluck Jonathan was very happy to receive this offer and ready to move on it immediately," Kerry told reporters, after talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
"We are immediately engaging in order to implement this," Kerry added.
In Abuja, Jonathan accepted the offer which his office said would "include the deployment of US security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation." The Nigerian leader said his country's "security agencies, who were already working at full capacity to find and rescue the abducted girls, would appreciate the deployment of American counter-insurgency know-how and expertise in support of their efforts." The issue was also set to dominate talks between Kerry and President Barack Obama later Tuesday.