March 22, 2018

US Secretary Of State, Tillerson Cancels Visit To Nigeria?

12 March 2018, 06:03 | Opal Carroll

InternationalU.S.’ Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington By... | Publish Date Mar 12 2018 12:02PM

U.S.’ Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will cut short his first diplomatic trip to Africa on Monday to return to deal with urgent work in Washington, his spokesman said. gathered that Tillerson will be in Chad and Nigeria today, March 12 as scheduled, but scrapped plans to spend the night in Nigeria.

Tillerson travelled to Chad on Monday morning to meet President Idriss Deby, an important American ally whose military is battling al Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated groups in the Sahel region.

He had initially been scheduled to stay there overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with U.S. embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.

A Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy said Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on Saturday forced to cancel his schedule, after he fell sick.

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But the African tour has coincided with the shock announcement of a possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump over the nuclear standoff in the Korean peninsula.

"When he arrives, Tillerson will become the highest ranking official in the Trump administration to visit Nigeria".

He was received by the Foreign affairs minister Geofrey Onyeama at the forecourt of the Villa.

WhenTillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria's Northeast and the Lake Chad basin.

Tillerson had been scheduled to lay a wreath at the site of the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, in which more than 200 people were killed, and attend an event to highlight USA health assistance in Africa.

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