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PHOTONEWS: US Secretary Tillerson, President Buhari Meets in Abuja

13 March 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday said that steps were under way to allow Chad, to be removed from a U.S.travel ban list.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday slammed last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria and promised Washington's "full support" in the country's fight against Boko Haram jihadists.

His meeting with the president was announced by Buhari's Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad on Twitter.

The President received Mr Tillerson on Monday shortly after the US Secretary of State has arrived at the State House, the Federal Capital Territory.

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Tillerson's job was made even harder in January after Trump allegedly called African nations "shithole" countries.

USA words and deeds are colliding as Tillerson travels across Africa.

Yet earlier this month, the Trump administration quietly lifted the US ban on importing African elephant trophies, to the dismay of environmental groups who said it sends precisely the wrong message. President Donald Trump previous year imposed travel restrictions on travelers from Chad and eight other countries, including North Korea, Libya and Iraq.

But the African tour has coincided with the shock announcement of a possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump over the nuclear standoff in the Korean peninsula.

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On March 11, Tillerson held talks with Juma and her Tourism counterpart Najib Balala in Nairobi.

The administration, led by the Department of Homeland Security, argued that terrorist groups are active in and around Chad and the country wasn't doing enough to halt people who may be security threats from entering the United States.

He had cancelled most of his schedule in Kenya on Saturday due to illness but recovered later on Sunday.

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PHOTONEWS: US Secretary Tillerson, President Buhari Meets in Abuja