PHOTONEWS: US Secretary Tillerson, President Buhari Meets in Abuja

Rex Tillerson resumes normal schedule in Kenya

PHOTONEWS: US Secretary Tillerson, President Buhari Meets in Abuja

US words and deeds are colliding as Tillerson travels across Africa.

Tillerson has been in the country for the last three-days after jetting in on Friday.

Almost six months later, with the ban still in place, Chadian President Idriss Déby made his anger known. But, he added, "We have to wait for the final report".

"We managed to defeat Daech in Iraq and Syria, we knew they were going to flee that region and we knew his fighters would go to Africa".

Tillerson was due to return to Washington later in the day after cutting his Africa trip short amid speculation it was to prepare for the unprecedented meeting.

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When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria's North-East and the Lake Chad basin.

In September, The Trump White House added Chad - along with North Korea and Venezuela - to a list of countries whose citizens are restricted from travelling to the United States - drawing protests from Chad and others including France which works closely with the Chadian military. He said Chadian President Idriss Deby had "expressed his incomprehension" to Tillerson about the restrictions.

Tillerson's stop in Chad was also meant as a goodwill gesture.

Mr. Tillerson said the US government does not seek to stop funds flowing into countries that need investments but to encourage countries borrowing to be cautious. Especially bruising was that Trump's reasoning relied on a strict and literal interpretation of new Homeland Security requirements that seemed to elevate form over the substance of the U.S. -Chad relationship. There were other technicalities, too, including Chad's inability to adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information with US officials who screen foreigners seeking visas to enter the U.S.

The highlights of Tillerson's visit in Kenya was the agreements to enhance regional security cooperation and support to AMISOM as well as the peace process in South Sudan formed part of their bilateral talks.

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The United States is developing mechanisms in the form of 'Public Private Partnerships (PPP)' for infrastructure development as alternatives to Chinese loans for African nations, an American official said Monday.

"It is time for the parties to move forward, but it is the government's responsibility to act responsibly in defense of the rule of law, in defense of the judiciary, in the defense of free speech and defense of protection of the media", Carson said.

The trip hasn't been easy for Tillerson.

Mr. Tillerson made a decision to slice a day off the weeklong trip so that he could help plan a possible meeting between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

The State Department said Tillerson was forced to skip out on some events Saturday, after not feeling well.

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Goldstein later said the secretary's health had improved. "He arrives early tomorrow morning".

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