Buhari discusses with US Secretary, Rex Tillerson in Aso Rock

Buhari discusses with US Secretary, Rex Tillerson in Aso Rock

Buhari discusses with US Secretary, Rex Tillerson in Aso Rock

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a trip to five countries in Africa - Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad, and Nigeria.

From Chad he briefly visited Nigeria for the final stage of his mini-African tour. Tillerson says the visa restrictions were necessary because of "all the conflict that exists on Chad's borders". Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer whose security forces are battling Boko Haram Islamist militants in the northeast.

"As our work continues to end terrorism, those who sought to divide us here have failed", said Tillerson. "They have established themselves in various regions".

On March 11, Tillerson held talks with Juma and her Tourism counterpart Najib Balala in Nairobi.

The President received Mr Tillerson on Monday shortly after the US Secretary of State has arrived at the State House, the Federal Capital Territory.

"The placement of Chad in this list was an injustice done to Chad", Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif said.

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma, US ambassador Robert Godec and other government officials accompanied Tillerson to the JKIA.

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It wasn't enough to overcome a Trump administration travel ban that Chad's top diplomat declared an injustice.

"We had a very good trip from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State Department late a year ago... and we had a very good exchange and many, many important positive steps have been taken by the government of Chad to strengthen the control over its own passports, to strengthen the information-sharing", he said.

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

The trip hasn't been easy for Tillerson.

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.

He had cancelled most of his schedule in Kenya on Saturday due to illness but recovered later on Sunday.

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