Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tillerson feeling better, will resume activities in Kenya

Tillerson feeling better, will resume activities in Kenya

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday was to shorten his maiden tour of Africa because of work, aides said.

Tillerson was in Chad on Monday for talks with President Idriss Deby, an important American ally whose military is battling al-Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated groups in the Sahel region.

"Due to demands in the secretary's schedule he is returning to the USA one day early, after concluding official meetings in Chad and Nigeria", Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein told the press.

"Secretary Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press availability by Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama", the U.S. added.

Tillerson will be received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

"The Secretary is feeling better and will resume his normal schedule tomorrow (today)", he said.During the trip, he has also been involved behind the scenes in discussions within the administration on a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tillerson's schedule for Saturday also included a site visit to PEPFAR, a United States program that works to fight AIDS in the continent.

When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria's North-East and the Lake Chad basin.

During his trip, he is expected also to meet with U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.

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