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Why Tillerson cuts short Africa trip: VOA Report

By Nike Ching on 13/03/2018

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•U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
•U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cutting short his trip to Africa by about a day to deal with pressing matters including North Korea.

“Due to demands in the Secretary’s schedule he is returning to the U.S. one day early, after concluding official meetings in Chad and Nigeria,” Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said Monday.

While Tillerson was in Africa, President Donald Trump announced he accepted North Korea’s invitation for direct talks with its leader Kim Jong-un by May. No specific plans have been set.

On Monday, Tillerson visited N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, for talks with Chadian President Idriss Deby. He later said the U.S. may soon lift travel restrictions on Chadians that President Trump imposed last October.

He said the Chadian government has taken steps to “strengthen” control over its own passports and improve information-sharing.

The top U.S. diplomat then flew to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to confer with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari before heading home.

Tillerson canceled events in Kenya on Saturday because he “not feeling well”. Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said Monday that Tillerson now feels fine. He said the Secretary will arrive in Washington early Tuesday to attend meetings on Korea, tariffs and his upcoming testimony in Congress regarding the State Department budget.

On Sunday, he laid a wreath at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi at a ceremony to honor those killed and injured in a bombing there by al-Qaida 20 years ago.

“As all of you well know, in 1998, terrorists thought they could demoralise and destroy the Kenyan and American people by attacking the U.S. embassy here in Nairobi. Of course they were wrong. Nearly 20 years later, we meet here to honor those who we lost and those who were injured,” Tillerson told an audience including survivors of the attack.

After meeting Friday in Nairobi with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tillerson hailed the political reconciliation between Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga as “a positive step toward healing Kenya’s ethnic and political divisions,” the State Department said in a statement.

Kenyatta and Odinga met for the first time since last summer’s contentious presidential elections to start what they called a joint push for national unity.

Tillerson underscored at the meeting with Kenyatta “strong U.S. support for democratic institutions” — including the media — and voiced concern over “restrictions to political space.”

The Kenyan government shut down three television channels in January on the day that Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath in a mock inauguration. The government defied a court order to allow the stations, which had planned to live-stream the oath, to resume broadcasts.

Tillerson’s five-nation African trip began with a stop in Ethiopia on Wednesday, following by a visit to Djibouti.

Tillerson said the U.S. will seek to work with African nations, providing them with incentives to improve governance and meet their long-term security and development goals. (VOA)

 

Source News Express

Posted 13/03/2018 05:01:12 AM

 

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