Nigeria's 2019 Elections "a major priority focus" - US Government

Hannah Rogers
March 8, 2018

07 de marzo de 2018, 17:33Addis Ababa, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) US State Secretary Rex Tillerson was welcomed today by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu in the first stop of his official visit to Africa.

Tillerson's Africa visit includes Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Tillerson said he has made many trips to Africa before, in his former career as an oil executive.

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He said the aid plan will help people affected by food shortages and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Lake Chad Basin.

In his first major speech on U.S. -Africa relations, Tillerson told an audience at George Mason University Tuesday morning that the United States sees a "bright future" for Africa as its population grows and said the Trump administration is "committed to saving lives in Africa".

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Tillerson is scheduled to arrive in Ethiopia on Wednesday. About 100 protesters gathered outside Tillerson's Washington office the day before his departure. But he said the Chinese approach has led to mounting debt and few if any jobs in most countries.

In Djibouti, China's development of its first overseas military base just a few miles away has been cause for concern for the USA, illustrating the military side of a broader competition between the US and China playing out across the continent.

"Although Africa needs sustained investment and engagement from members of the worldwide community, China has been largely a negative actor in the region for some time", Smith said.

Tillerson will also visit Kenya, where the political system is in turmoil over disputes related to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. "The substance of what he conveys may be more diverse, but given the signals coming out of the White House and administration to date, I imagine that security is top of the order, along with cementing relationships with partners that the United States considers important security players". But word emerged Tuesday that the administration would start approving elephant trophy importing on a "case-by-case" basis.

His announcement of more humanitarian assistance for several countries threatened by starvation will be welcomed, but Tillerson works for a president who has repeatedly spoken of reducing America's burdens overseas. The energy behemoth has significant business dealings in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Chad, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

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