Trade and Security, Tillerson's Interests in Visit to AU

10 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Jason Torres
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Tillerson said the USA was providing the humanitarian assistance "to fight starvation and food insecurity".

Lavrov's visit to Africa coincides with the first visit to the continent by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"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.

In the Ethiopian capital, Tillerson commented on China's increasing dominance in Africa, warning countries not to "forfeit your sovereignty".

Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation, on Wednesday on the first leg of his African visit. Since the administration came into office at least one of the top three US officials-the president, the vice president, and the secretary of state-has visited every global region except Africa.

Mahamat, on Tillerson's remarks about China's roles in Africa, said the African continent had many partnerships. He also criticized how Beijing structures loans to African government.

Mr. Tillerson is visiting Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Nigeria and Chad on his first official trip to Africa since he was appointed by President Donald Trump a year ago.

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Earlier this week, Tillerson criticized "China's approach" to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through "opaque contracts" and "predatory loan practices". The Secretary emphasized that the United States supports Ethiopia as it does the hard work of advancing democratic reforms to broaden political participation. In past remarks, Tillerson has stated that North Korea is not only a moral burden to China, but represents a "serious threat" to the country.

Tillerson's comments on China come in the aftermath of further outreach by Beijing to a range of African countries.

"African countries and people know the best and are in the best position to say whether the China-Africa cooperation is good or not", he concluded. The Trump administration has said that Pyongyang earns hard currency from arms deals with African government and the trafficking of wildlife parts from Africa.

Tillerson's Africa visit began in Ethiopia, then on the way to Nairobi, he made a stop in Djibouti.

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.

To be clear, it is not uncommon for US presidents to come into office without a clear Africa strategy and not to have one until well into their first term.

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