U.S. secretary of state to visit Nigeria, four others next week

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a joint press conference between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery

The United States (US) Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, would visit Nigeria and four other African countries from March 6 to 13.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), spokesperson for the department, Ms. Heather Nauert, said Tillerson would also travel to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Chad.

During his visit to Abuja, Tillerson is expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries.

Nauert said: “On his first official trip to Africa, Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena (Chad); Djibouti (Djibouti); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Nairobi (Kenya) and Abuja (Nigeria), March 6 to 13.

“Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership of the African Union Commission (AU), based in Addis Ababa.

“This is to further our partnerships with the governments and people of Africa.

“In particular, he plans to discuss ways we can work with our partners to counter terrorism, advance peace and security, promote good governance and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment.”

During his trip, Tillerson would also meet with the US Embassy personnel and participate in events related to US government-supported activities.

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