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16 March, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma and US Secretary of State shake hands after holding talks in Nairobi March 11. /COURTESY

Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, has changed the plan of spending Monday night in Abuja before flying back to Washington.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Tillerson would arrive in Abuja on Monday, March 12 for his first official visit to Nigeria.

Tillerson had initially been scheduled to stay in Abuja overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with USA embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.

"There will be a report prepared in the United States later this month".

Chad is an important USA ally in the fight against Islamist groups in West Africa and the report will be reviewed by President Donald Trump next month.

Zene says that Chad's President Idriss Deby "expressed his incomprehension" to Tillerson about the restrictions.

Tillerson's trip to Nigeria is the last stop in his tour of Sub-Saharan African after visits to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Washington's top diplomat has been on a five-country tour of east and west Africa but was forced to cut short his visit "due to demands in (his) schedule", the State Department said.

The talks were a follow-up to the bilateral meeting held on Friday with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

After Tillerson met Friday with Foreign Minister Monica Juma, she said, moving forward, the government of Kenya is committed to a genuine political process based on fundamental values.

President Buhari said Nigeria has chosen the option of negotiation over the use of force to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok girls in the custody of the insurgents.

The U.S Secretary of State said Nigeria was a very important country to America, stressing: "You have our support in your challenges".

Yet earlier this month, the Trump administration quietly lifted the USA ban on importing African elephant trophies, to the dismay of environmental groups who said it sends precisely the wrong message.


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