Tillerson cancels day's events in Africa due to illness

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

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday cancelled a day of events in Nairobi because of illness, the Associated Press reported.

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.

After jetting into the country on Friday, Tillerson met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi where he assured of his Government's commitment to Kenya on trade and security. He will become the first sitting US president to ever meet with a North Korean leader, although the White House says North Korea has to take "concrete" steps on denuclearization in order to ensure the meeting happens.

There are no indications that the secretary of state is seriously ill.

Goldstein said some events may be rescheduled, including a planned stop at the site of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. The five-nation trip to Africa has coincided with two major foreign-policy events: President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, and the dramatic announcement on Thursday evening that the president would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May.

Tillerson is four days into his first diplomatic trip to Africa, where he has visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.

He plans to send another day in Nairobi before heading to N'Djamena, Chad, and Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday and Tuesday.



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