Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Secretary Tillerson advices Africa to be cautious about Chinese investments

Secretary Tillerson advices Africa to be cautious about Chinese investments

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.

Lavrov, speaking Thursday in Zimbabwe, said he would be in Addis Ababa "this evening", but didn't specify the time. I think it is important that we listen to what the priorities of the countries here on the continent are. Trump later sent a letter on January 25 to Faki and other African leaders underscoring the U.S.'s commitment to the continent.

Asked at the news conference with Tillerson if Kenya could call itself a democracy in light of restrictions appeared meant to stifle dissent, Kenya's foreign affairs minister, Monica Juma, said that "the notion that there is a restriction of the media is not backed by fact or reality".

If you look at other aspects of U.S. -Africa relations, namely diplomatic or economic, you haven't seen as much traction as we're seeing on the security front.

But there is a problem, African politicians and economists say: China, unlike the United States, is showing up on the continent with a generous chequebook in hand. With successful partnerships both within and outside the continent, Africa is poised to overcome its development challenges. "I want to add I am satisfied with the discussions I had with the secretary of state, notably the engagement of the United States to support Africa in the battle against terrorism". It falls to his top diplomat, on his first official visit to the continent, to show the United States still cares.

"The President himself wrote a personal letter to the chairperson, reaffirming the importance of this relationship from the standpoint of all aspects that I covered in answering a previous question", he said.

"African nations can contribute to this goal, and we need, country by country, for nations to take action to support this global effort towards a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Tillerson's five-nation Africa tour - to include Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria, all key allies in fighting Islamic extremism - has been described as a "listening tour", with no deals or initiatives due to be announced.

Tillerson and Faki discussed continued U.S. support to African counter-terrorism forces in the Sahel and Somalia but no new concrete commitments were given.

"(But) it is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those agreements and not forfeit their sovereignty".

Lavrov's visit is expected to revive the mining venture, which is one of the single biggest investments the southern African nation has seen since independence in 1980.

At Tillerson's two news conferences on Friday, in Djibouti and Nairobi, the typical arrangement for news conferences involving the secretary and his counterpart in the host country were changed, American reporters travelling with Tillerson said.

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