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Rex Tillerson to make first trip to Africa as top US diplomat

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will reportedly travel to Africa next week on his first visit as the top US diplomat.

FILE: US secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Picture: AFP

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria next week on his first trip to Africa as the top US diplomat, the US State Department said on Thursday.

During his 6-13 March trip, Tillerson “plans to discuss ways we can work with our partners to counter terrorism, advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment,” the department said in a statement.

His itinerary includes a meeting with the leadership of the African Union Commission, which is based in Addis Ababa, the statement said.

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