US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Africa next week. This, according to a statement released by the State department earlier on this week, will be his first visit to the continent since President Donald Trump entered office.
Tillerson will travel to “N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria,” between March 6 and 13, department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced Thursday.
This visit follows Trump’s remarks earlier on this year where he allegedly referred to African countries as “shithole countries.” Tillerson will meet with the leaders in each country. He will also meet with the African Union leadership based in Addis Ababa.
During a November meeting with African Union ministers in Washington, Tillerson outlined only general policy goals regarding the continent. On the other hand, Trump has shown little interest in Africa thus far.
Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama travelled to Ghana six months after taking office with a message that Africa’s destiny is in the hands of its own people.