Illness sidelines Rex Tillerson as he tours African nations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with leaders in several African countries in March plus African Union leadership in Addis Ababa


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in the middle of a week-long trip to Africa, canceled his public schedule in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday because he was not feeling well, the State Department said.

According to a statement given by State Department spokesman Steve Goldstein, Secretary Tillerson is not feeling well after long days of working on major issues back in the US.

Tillerson arrived in the capital Nairobi on Friday, the third stop of a five-nation trip to Africa that began on Thursday, his first visit to the continent as a Secretary of State.

A USA embassy official said Ambassador Bob Godec andHealth Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki would attend events on Saturday morning.

Tillerson's schedule on Saturday included an event for President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, a wreath-laying ceremony at the August 7th Memorial Park and a meeting with American diplomats serving at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. "President Trump has said for some time that he was open to talks and he would willingly meet with Kim Jong Un when conditions were right and the time was right".

He has also visited Ethiopia and Djibouti, and will be moving on to Nigeria and Chad. He also planned to meet US Embassy staff, and attend a working lunch with Monica Juma, the nation's minister for foreign affairs. "With a fast-growing GDP. a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship, and a regional economic leader, we are eager to find more ways to work with you".

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