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Rex Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington

Tillerson to Spend Few Hours in Nigeria US Secretary of State Tillerson cuts short Nigeria trip amid 'pressing matters' in US
Sammy Stanley | 12 March, 2018, 18:01

He is to return to Washington about one day ahead of schedule "to deal with urgent work there".

NAIJ.com gathered that Tillerson will be in Chad and Nigeria today, March 12 as scheduled, but scrapped plans to spend the night in Nigeria.

Tillerson began his visit to Africa in Ethiopia, then Djibouti and arrived in this capital city on Friday, from here he will depart for Chad and finally he will visit Nigeria, the last country of this tour accross the continent.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says a "dramatic" and surprising change of posture by Kim Jong Un led President Donald Trump to agree to a meeting with the North Korean leader.

He had initially been scheduled to stay there overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with USA embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.

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When do tickets go on sale? Pre-sale begins this Wednesday, March 14 at 9 am local time in America and 10 am local time in Europe. An errant Ticketmaster posting last week hinted at plans for a sequel to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's co-headlining On The Run Tour .

A U.S. embassy official in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, said U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec and Kenyan Health Minister Sicily Kariuki would attend events on Saturday morning. Tillerson, 65, canceled some events in Kenya on Saturday, saying he was feeling unwell.

He will next visit Nigeria before flying home later Monday.

"Secretary Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press availability by Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama", the U.S. added.

When Tillerson meets Buhari, both men are expected to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria's North-east and the Lake Chad basin.

During his trip, he is expected also to meet with the U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.

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