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US Secretary Of State Arrives Abuja, Meets Buhari In Closed Doors

13 March 2018, 10:49 | Damon Campbell

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Tillerson said the USA will assist Nigeria with latest security equipment and intelligence sharing in its efforts toward the safe return of the abducted schoolgirls.

Mr Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, stressing: "You have our support in your challenges".

Tillerson said he had a good exchange with the Chadian authorities about the travel ban and that he wanted to assure the country that "the people of Chad are welcome in the United States". There will be a report later this month and Trump will review the issue in April. The officials' comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

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Tillerson, who was greeted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, is on the final part of his first tour of Africa since becoming secretary of state. Chad, with its long border with Libya and proximity to Nigeria and Mali, is particularly affected by the threat of instability and extremism in the region. S. support for the G5 Sahel multinational force, for which Washington pledged financial support. President Donald Trump a year ago imposed travel restrictions on travelers from Chad and eight other countries, including North Korea, Libya and Iraq. Especially bruising was that Trump's reasoning relied on a strict and literal interpretation of new Homeland Security requirements that seemed to elevate form over the substance of the U.S. -Chad relationship.

He said progress had been made with dealing with what has been cited as the reason for including Chad on the list - problems with its passports, which are not biometric.

When responding a question on alternatives to Chinese loans, he said if the Nigerian government could create the right conditions around infrastructural investments, it could access loans from the U.S.

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