US Secretary Of State, Rex Tillerson Arrives Abuja, Shortens Trip

Us Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson at the Abuja airport on Monday.

BEVERLY HILLS, March 12, (THEWILL) – The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived the State House, in Abuja for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was received by the Foreign affairs minister Geofrey Onyeama at the forecourt of the Villa.

However, Tillerson is to shorten his maiden tour of Africa because of work.

“Due to demands in the secretary’s schedule, he is returning to the US one day early, after concluding official meetings in Chad and Nigeria,” Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein told the press.

Tillerson, making his first trip to Africa as the senior-most US diplomat, has visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya since last Wednesday.

He flew into Nigeria from the Chadian capital of N’Djamena on Monday and would only stay for several hours before heading for home in the early evening.

He had initially been scheduled to stay there overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with US embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.

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.

THEWILL recalls that Tillerson, while in East Africa, cancelled scheduled events on Saturday on the grounds of ill-health.

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