Steps Underway Should Allow US To Lift Chad Travel Ban - Tillerson

Desiree Steele
March 13, 2018

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has cut short his trip to Africa by about a day to deal with pressing matters in the United States.

Buhari visited Benue earlier today as part of his official tour of troubled areas in the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pose for photographers after meeting at the State House in Nairobi, March 9, 2018. It wasn't enough to overcome a Trump administration travel ban that Chad's top diplomat declared an injustice.

Tillerson, 65, who had already visited ethiopia, arrived in kenya on friday but had to cancel activities planned on saturday because he was not feeling well. Describing the country as "an example in the counter-terrorism campaign", he expressed the hope that Chad would be removed from the U.S. blacklist.

An event Saturday for PEPFAR, the US program to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, went ahead without Tillerson.

He was speaking at the end of a week-long trip to five African countries.

At the forensics lab at Nairobi National Park, the only such lab in east and central Africa, Tillerson agreed Sunday when famed conservationist Richard Leakey warned that the "huge interest" in wildlife products such as elephant and rhinoceros parts was fueling the worldwide trafficking trade.

He said the United States later this month would prepare a report on Chad's progress that Trump would review in April.

Tillerson said Chad had made important steps to strengthen control over its security and passports.

The officials' comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

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