U.S.’ Secretary of State cuts short Africa trip

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has cut short his first trip to Africa to return to Washington about one day ahead of schedule to deal with urgent work there.

Tillerson’s travel plans have changed so that he can return to Washington early on Tuesday morning instead of late that night,  spokesman for the top diplomat told reporters travelling with him.

A Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy said Tillerson is expected to hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

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

Tillerson has been on a week-long tour of Africa.

He has visited the Horn of Africa just days after he announced a new $533m aid package for Africa out of which $128m was earmarked for Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad region.

When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria’s North-East and the Lake Chad basin.

He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the President

During his trip, he is expected also to meet with the U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.

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