US Secretary of State to focus on security on first African visit

Tillerson falls ill on Africa tour, cancels events

"The goal of my trip to this continent is that we listen", Tillerson said.

"I think the first step, and I've said this before, is to have".

"And see where there is good alignment between their priorities and our areas of greatest interest as well". "I think that there is appetite on the security side from Beijing that is positive towards cooperation ..." "When coupled with the political and fiscal pressure, this endangers Africa's natural resources and its long-term economic political stability".

Both parties declared their talks to have involved methods to deepen ties between the USA and Africa in fields of peace, security, trade, health, as well as partnership in tackling corruption and illegal financial flow.

Mr Tillerson praised President Kenyatta for reaching out to NASA leader Raila Odinga, saying that was a major milestone in consolidating national unity.

Tillerson said the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is "clearly an example of countries coming together to counter terrorism, promote stability and enable the delivery of much-needed aid". Nigeria and Chad are fighting Boko Haram while Chad is also part of the G5 Sahel force targeting violent extremist groups in its region, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

He added that the United States looked forward to seeing successful implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) because it offers a big market in which the USA want to engage. "In particular, the developed countries should earnestly deliver on their commitment", spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.

Although the visit might have some level of sentiment, it is clear that no punches will be pulled as corruption, a thorny issues in African states, will feature prominently during the visit.

"Stimulating intra-continental economic activity and trade from countries on the continent is actually going to create even more opportunity for inbound foreign investment and certainly USA business interest", he added, even as his boss tweeted about new US tariffs on steel and aluminum. "Tillerson will focus on continued support for the democratic process in Kenya, refugee issues, and press freedom", the US embassy said in a brief statement issued before the top diplomat's arrival in Nairobi.

Mahamat, in his remarks, said his discussions with the USA envoy was fruitful, noting the visit was taking place at a time when Africa was firmly embarking on the path to integration and reform. "And we're seeing countries at 50 percent, 100 percent, and in one case 200 percent of GDP debt based on concessionary loans from China, but also other countries as well, and other institutions".

Mr Tillerson said United States is interested in widening its investment in Kenya as well as strengthening the bilateral and trade relations between the two countries.

Tillerson also warned against blind acceptance of Chinese investment, warning African countries to "consider the terms of those investments" lest they "forfeit sovereignty".

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