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Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to land in Nigeria today

Article Image Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to land in Nigeria today
Patty Aguilar | 12 March, 2018, 16:21

11 de marzo de 2018, 11:31Nairobi, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resumed his agenda in this capital city, after a break of several hours due to a sudden discomfort related to fatigue, said his spokesperson.

"Due to demands in the Secretary's schedule, he is returning to the USA one day early after concluding official meetings in Chad and Nigeria", Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told reporters.

"When he arrives, Tillerson will become the highest ranking official in the Trump administration to visit Nigeria".

He had been feeling unwell after long days working on major issues such as North Korea, Goldstein said earlier.

The US Secretary of State will be in the country until Monday.

Tillerson plans to spend another day in Nairobi before heading to Chad and Nigeria on Monday and Tuesday.

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Tillerson's schedule for Saturday also included a site visit to PEPFAR, a USA program that works to fight AIDS in the continent.

Tillerson, while in East Africa, cancelled scheduled events on Saturday on the grounds of ill-health.

Tillerson will be received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Soon after landing in Nairobi, Mr Tillerson held a meeting with President Kenyatta where they discussed security in the region, particularly the threat of Al-Shabaab and the war in South Sudan.

It is believed that the 2019 general elections will also be part of discussions between Tillerson and President Buhari.

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