NAIROBI– United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Africa this week in a whirlwind week-long tour covering five countries, according the US State Department.
During his visit, Tillerson will hold meetings with the heads of state of Chad, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Nigeria. While in Ethiopia, the top US diplomat will also meet the leadership of the African Union, which has its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital.
Tillerson’s trip to Africa, the first since the election of Donald Trump just over a year ago, will lay out US policy for Africa, according to a statement from the State Department. He will discuss, among other things, counter terrorism, peace and security, good governance as well as trade and investment.
All the nations he will visit are on the frontline as America’s partners in the fight against terrorism.
Amnesty International is, however, worried that counter-terrorism efforts in all these countries have sometimes been used to commit human rights abuses, an issue its wants the top US diplomat to address.
Tillerson will emphasise the need for inclusive governments in Ethiopia and Kenya, both of which have recently been rocked by political upheavals.
He will also seek to re-affirm US-Africa ties, weeks after President Trump referred to Africa and Haiti in a derogatory manner.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK