48. Memorandum From Acting Secretary of State Christopher and Secretary of Energy Schlesinger to President Carter 1
- U.S. LNG Mission to Nigeria
In your letter of May 24 to General Obasanjo,2 you offered to send a delegation to Nigeria to discuss LNG export possibilities and the results of the Tokyo Summit. Officials of State and DOE visited Nigeria on August 1 and 2 (the dates suggested by the Nigerians) for the promised consultations. The consultations were helpful in giving the Nigerians a better understanding of the key commercial and regulatory considerations in determining whether or not they can export LNG to the U.S. Without raising expectations too high, the U.S. delegation indicated that we were interested in working closely with Nigeria as it formulates its proposals for submission to U.S. regulatory authorities.
A more detailed report is attached.
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, North/South, Box 113, Nigeria 1–12/79. Secret.↩
- The reference should be to Carter’s June 13 letter to Obasanjo. See Document 46. Carter’s letter was in reply to Obasanjo’s May 24 letter. See Document 45.↩
- For the portion of the minutes of the June 28–29 G–7 Tokyo Economic Summit on energy, see Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, Energy Crisis, 1974–1980, Document 221.↩
- In telegram 10280 from Lagos, August 1, the Embassy reported on the nationalization and transmitted a Nigerian aide mémoire announcing it. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D790347–0976)↩