US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (The Hill)

In a statement, the US State Department says Tillerson will discuss, among other things, counter-terrorism, trade and investment.

Tillerson, in a speech just before departing Washington, said Africa's rapid economic growth and fast-rising populations mean its future is increasingly linked to America's. He said the US was committed to helping, but that prosperity and basic stability would be impossible until the security situation is brought under control.

"My firm belief is that there is ample opportunity on the continent for economic growth, for greater prosperity, and for responding to global challenges through mutually respectful partnerships," Tillerson said.

On March 7th, Mr. Rex Tillerson arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, the Secretary of State is also expected to meet Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairperson of the AU Commission, as well as other AU officials.

After Ethiopia, Rex Tillerson will visit Kenya, then Chad and Nigeria./.


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