US Secretary of State Tillerson to jet in on Friday
US Secretary of State Tillerson to jet in on Friday
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Tillerson to hold talks with Uhuru
US Secretary of State to discuss national dialogue economic reform with President Kenyatta
10 March, 2018, 00:58
The trip hardly appears to be a "reset" by the Trump administration in its approach to Africa.
On Thursday, a statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the State Department, revealed that Tillerson will travel to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria on his first trip to Africa as a top US diplomat.
The visit will end March 13.
Trump's remarks, seen by many as racist, outraged African leaders and were condemned by the African Union, the continental leadership body.
On Monday, acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Donald Yamamoto confirmed the meeting between President Uhuru and Tillerson, although he did not disclose what will be discussed.
Last November, Tillerson, who garnered some experience on the continent during his time as Chief Executive of ExxonMobil and relatively understands the place, spoke highly of the economic potentials of the continent.
Speaking at George Mason University, Virginia, before his departure, the Secretary of State expressed optimism that there was ample opportunity in Africa for economic growth, greater prosperity and for responding to global challenges through mutually respectful partnerships. However, experts highlighted that the visit had no other motivation than to study ways for the United States to be bale to economically benefit even more from Africa, because the grounds of the USA foreign policy give priority to capital over any other aspect.
Tillerson also lauded the progress Africa, as a continent, has made with democracy.
China surpassed the United States to become Africa's largest trading partner in 2009. Further, the Trump administration has yet to articulate a distinctive policy toward Africa.
They pledged continued USA commitment in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.
"We are following the recent kidnappings of 110 school girls, which really kind of follows up on several years ago of the Chibok girls". Last year, Chad who was always ally with the USA in counterterrorism were placed on the list of countries banned from entering the U.S.by the Trump administration because it "does not adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's five-nation itinerary told African leaders everything they needed to know about the Trump administration's approach to the continent - counterterrorism is in. "Democracy requires the inclusive, peaceful participation of a nation's citizens in the political process", he said.
Tillerson plans to arrive Wednesday in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, now under a state of emergency to control anti-government protests.
The United States has donated almost $3bn humanitarian assistance to African countries facing one form of crisis or the other since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017 and has also encouraged additional contributions to meet growing needs.
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