Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

Casey Dawson
March 10, 2018

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is expected in Nairobi on Friday afternoon in his first trip to Africa as the top USA diplomat.He is expected to hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials in talks set to focus on continued support for the democratic process in Kenya, refugee issues, and press freedom, before he departs on Monday. However, it is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those investments.

The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is in Addis Ababa for official visit, today advices African countries to be cautious about their sovereignty while dealing with the Chinese investments.

"About a third of these debts or loans are collateralized with natural resources".

"African nations can contribute to this goal, and we need, country by country, for nations to take action to support this global effort towards a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"They don't bring significant training programs that enable African citizens to participate more broadly in the future", Secretary Tillerson said this morning at a press conference that followed his meeting with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki.

If you look at other aspects of U.S. -Africa relations, namely diplomatic or economic, you haven't seen as much traction as we're seeing on the security front.

"China is happy to see diverse worldwide partners in Africa, Geng said, noting that developed countries should have the greatest commitments there", Deng said. "And oftentimes, the financing models are structured in a way that the country, when it gets into trouble financially, loses control of its own infrastructure or its own resources through default", he stressed.

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'The goal of my trip is to listen to what the priorities of the countries here on the continent are and see where there is good alignment, ' said Tillerson.

Tillerson's trip to Ethiopia is scheduled to briefly overlap with a visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said he had requested a meeting.

Earlier this week, Tillerson criticized "China's approach" to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through "opaque contracts" and "predatory loan practices".

Tillerson reiterated US desire for more African nations to apply concrete diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, noting the global maximum pressure campaign, which has been supported by multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea has more than a dozen embassies on the continent.

He also told the Kenyan government that it should not threaten the courts.

He is also billed to visit Nigeria.

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