USA 'a long way' from negotiations with N.Korea: Tillerson

USA 'a long way' from negotiations with N.Korea: Tillerson

His top African diplomat, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Donald Yamamoto, cast the trip in broad terms.

Speaking to an audience at George Mason University, Tillerson also urged African governments to cut ties with North Korea, lamenting that these states could "do more" to diminish the threat of the nuclear-armed rogue state prompting a major war.

Deborah Bräutigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in the United States, agreed that some African countries were having trouble repaying rising debts. Trump allegedly made the comment about African nations and Haiti during a meeting on US immigration legislation in January. The body also almost passed a resolution blasting Trump for "promoting racism, xenophobia and bigotry", according to a draft obtained by the Associated Press and Reuters, before tabling it after Trump wrote a letter expressing his respect for Africa.

In a symbolic display of that connection, the African Union headquarters where Tillerson and Faki met was built by China; there is a plaque inside the building that notes senior official Jia Qinglin attended the opening ceremony in 2012. The reporter said the comment, which Trump has denied, "is something that Africa's still digesting".

Tilerson is expected to visit Chad, Djibouti and Nigeria in the coming days during his visit that ends next on March 13.

"I think the USA commitment to Africa is quite clear in terms of the importance we place on the relationship", he said. Mr. Trump's remarks from January are, "an incident of the past", he said.

In a speech ahead of the trip, Tillerson lauded these same programs, including free-trade initiatives, a program to bring electricity to Africans and one to provide AIDS treatment to millions across the continent. They added that most leaders are ready to move past Trump's comments and onto how they can work with the U.S. Mahamat also disclosed that following the remark, which was viewed as offensive and insensitive to Africa, Trump wrote a letter to him and that he copied all the leaders of Africa.

Addis Ababa - AU Chairman Moussa Mahamat on Thursday said by hosting the USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson, he is over President Donald Trump's controversial "shithole" remark.

Kenya, for example, inaugurated a $3.2 billion railway funded by China a year ago. Ethiopia is a prime case study: the total US direct investment in the country is around $567 million, while Chinese investments amount to about $15 billion, according to the State Department.

Yamamoto expressed U.S. concern about China and other countries providing low-interest loans to African countries, which he said were pushing many African countries into unsustainable debt. However, it is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those investments. "We welcome Chinese participation, but we hope they will follow worldwide rules, global norms, and respect the sovereignty of countries and respect the need to develop the citizens of those countries".

Tillerson was due to meet with Ethiopian officials on Thursday afternoon before flying to tiny Djibouti, host to sprawling military bases owned by the U.S., China, Japan, France, and Italy.

The top USA diplomat's comments followed a speech on Monday in which he criticised "China's approach" to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through "opaque contracts" and "predatory loan practices".

KAMPALA, Uganda-The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting five African countries in his first-ever visit to Africa including Kenya.

The two sides have also discussed about advancing good governance and transparency in the continent as a central requirement for conducting good businesses and create competitive conditions.

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