Tillerson highlights sub-Saharan security challenges ahead of Africa visit

He will later visit Kenya, Nigeria, Chad and Djibouti.

The U.S. also expressed worry about the heavy indebtedness by Nigeria and other African countries a few years after they were relieved of their debts by worldwide financial institutions.

According to him, he looks forward to returning and building on a strong foundation of U.S. -Africa relations, including visiting Chad, a country that has never before welcomed a visit by the Secretary of State.

The President Donald Trump led government of the United States of America has disclosed that Nigeria's 2019 general elections and a peaceful transition remain its major priority in view of the country's strategic position in the West African sub-region. "It doesn't just involve our allies in Europe or Asia".

"Many African nations are holding back. Our country's security and economic prosperity are linked with Africa's like never before", he said, adding the Africa-U.S. engagement will only intensify in the coming decades for several reasons.

The department explained that obviously, a lot of those African countries were still fragile democracies and the US was trying to strengthen them.

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In addition, the U.S.is also very concerned about the recent ethnic fighting between Oromo and Somali ethnic groups that has displaced almost one million people, and the subject is certain to come up during the meeting.

With Trump showing little understanding of the continent - the president has made very few remarks that show a proper understanding of the continent, but Tillerson's visit would give us a clearer insight into the possibility of any beneficial partnership to evolve between the continent and the United States.

"The United States pursues sustainable growth that bolsters institutions, strengthens the rule of law and builds the capacity of African countries to stand on their own two feet", said Tillerson.

"We want to help Africa states provide security for their citizens in a lawful manner".

"Terrorism knows no borders". "Regional cooperation is instrumental in denying [terrorists] the chance to carry out their plans of attack".

"North Korea threatens the entire global community through its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities, including its arms exports to Africa", said Tillerson.

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