Lavrov, Tillerson will not meet in Ethiopia - deputy foreign minister


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disembarks from the plane upon his arrival at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 7, 2018.

He said he was satisfied with his discussions with the USA secretary of state, which ranged from security and economy to trade and commerce.

President Kenyatta said the solid friendship and cooperation that continues to deepen, only serves to encourage Kenya to strengthen its resolve to work together with the United States towards an even brighter future.

All are allies of the United States in fighting jihadist organisations.

The closed-door discussions between Secretary Tillerson and AU Chairperson Faki, includes finding sustainable means of financing for the fight against terrorists Africa, on how to support the fight against corruption and tracking of illicit financial flows from Africa.

On security, the President said the long-standing mutually enhanced security and military collaboration between Kenya and the U.S. has played a big role in counter-terrorism, especially in the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The Trump administration has been accused of having no Africa policy beyond security co-operation and Tillerson's itinerary tended to reinforce this.

Tillerson expressed Washington's discomfort at China's growing influence in Africa.

Such criticism was familiar. Also importantly, in light of the alleged derogatory comments that President Trump made about Africa and Haiti earlier in the year, this trip is an opportunity to renew and strengthen longstanding partnerships on the continent.

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He said USA appreciated AU's very strong statements on South Sudan at the recent AU summit, adding US truly calls on all parties to abide by the cessation of hostilities and be open to compromise for the good of the South Sudanese people.

This provided an opportunity for the U.S. and China to work together to benefit Africa. We have multifaceted, multifarious relations with other parts of the world. The Trump administration's National Defence Strategy now ranks the security threat posed by China and Russian Federation as even greater than that posed by global terrorism.

Tillerson is due to fly to Djibouti, host to military bases owned by the U.S., China, Japan, France, and Italy.

"We are committed to supporting the IGAD High-Level Revitalization Forum, encouraging President Salva Kiir and the opposition to support the peace process, humanitarian assistance and the deployment of Regional Protection Force (RPF)", the President said.

A spokesperson for the Chinese information ministry said Yamamoto's accusation that China was pushing Africa into unsustainable debt was "completely inconsistent with the fact". He also said the country had a "problem" with its judiciary that needed to be fixed.

Many African leaders have noted that these concerns rarely come up when dealing with China.

Secretary Tillerson thanked Chairman Faki and the AU for its continued attention to and good work across the Continent and underscored the strong U.S. -AU bilateral relationship.

The Trump administration's National Security Strategy, released in January, also accuses China of "predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea". "I believe this incident is in the past", he said. "I think it is important to listen to what the priorities of the continent are". It was also concerned that Saudi Arabia - its first though sometimes second source of oil - was undergoing a hard reform, and that Iran was becoming increasingly active.

Tillerson said fighting corruption was another area of common cause between Africa and USA adding, we're very pleased to see that the African Union has named 2018 as the year for winning the fight against corruption.

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