US Secretary Of State, Tillerson Cancels Visit To Nigeria?

13 March, 2018, 10:51 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Tillerson, making his first trip to Africa as the senior-most USA diplomat, has visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya since last Wednesday.

A key goal for Tillerson was to ensure sustained Chadian cooperation, while also easing its displeasure for being included last September on the visa-ban list. He said the United States later this month would prepare a report on Chad's progress that Trump would review in April. Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer whose security forces are battling Boko Haram Islamist militants in the northeast. "They have established themselves in various regions".

Tillerson is the highest ranking United States official to visit Nigeria since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president in January 2017.

So Chad's leaders felt blindsided when Trump added their citizens to the travel restrictions list, lumping Chad together with US enemies like North Korea.

"I think that is the best way we have been helping the government of Nigeria secure the release of the girls, which we hope, will be done in a peaceful manner".

Tillerson's job was made even harder in January after Trump allegedly called African nations "shithole" countries.

Tillerson who visited the capital N'Djamena on Monday described Chad as an "important partner" in counter terrorism. He says he believes those steps will "allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad".

Nonetheless, the trip hasn't been easy for Tillerson.

Tillerson's week-long, five-country visit to Africa came amid other urgent foreign policy developments, including Thursday's announcement that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He had cancelled most of his schedule in Kenya on Saturday due to illness but recovered later on Sunday.


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