US' Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington
Mar 12 2018 by Desiree Burns
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will cut short his first diplomatic trip to Africa on Monday to return to deal with urgent work in Washington, his spokesman said.
Recall that Tillerson's spokesperson, Steve Goldstein had earlier told reporters that the Secretary developed undisclosed illness fine during his visit to Kenya.
"Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others", said Goldstein, under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department. Tillerson, 65, cancelled some events in Kenya on Saturday, saying he was feeling unwell.
Tillerson will be received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
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He had initially been scheduled to stay there overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with U.S. embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.
The top USA diplomat will now spend just a few hours in key ally Nigeria on Monday evening rather than the overnight visit originally planned.
It is believed that the 2019 general elections will also be part of discussions between Tillerson and President Buhari.
Tillerson, who embarked on a week-long tour of Africa, had visited the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new 533 million dollars aid package for Africa out of which 128 million dollars was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.