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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

The relationship between the United States and Africa under President Trumps administration did not necessarily begin on the best note with the president's tough stance on immigration which is affecting many Africans in the diaspora and on the continent; condescending comments made by the president, which he publicly denied afterwards; and the recent disagreement with some East African leaders on the importation of second-hand clothes. It doesn't just include countries with longstanding ties to the DPRK, like China and Russian Federation. He is expected to carry the message that the committed to assisting Africa, but that prosperity and stability will be impossible until its security is brought under control. The answer has to be developing institutions and also providing good police training, military training, and having governments accountable to the people and having people really have faith in their institutions, and also having opportunities for job creation.

They pledged continued USA commitment in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

This U.S. diplomatic excursion follows the global firestorm sparked in January by President Trump's reported "shithole" remarks in reference to the African continent and its people.

In addition, the also very concerned about the recent ethnic fighting between Oromo and Somali ethnic groups that has displaced almost one million people, and the subject is certain to come up during the meeting.

The United States recently put several affiliates of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Africa on the terrorism blacklist in an effort to cut off their financial support from within the United States.

"We want to help Africa states provide security for their citizens in a lawful manner".

He said this is by addressing the drivers of conflict that lead to radicalisation and recruitment in the first place, and building the institutional law enforcement capacity of African nations. Today African nations are stepping up to take action, including the sacrifices that go with such commitment.

"Terrorism knows no borders", Tillerson told his audience in Virginia.

The U.S. has announced about 533 million dollars in humanitarian assistance for Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region. Tillerson said China's investment in Africa "encouraged dependency".


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