America’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit Africa
America’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Photo: The Wall Street Journal
London, Jan. 29, 2018 (AltAfrika)-America’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will undertake a six nation tour of Africa from March, a top US official informed foreign Journalists covering the 30th summit of the Head of states and government of the African Union currently holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Multiple foreign media are reporting that the visit of the American top diplomat was contained in a letter President Donald Trump sent to African leaders at on-going 30th AU summit in Ethiopia
According to Trump’s letter to the AU, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to visit four to six African countries in March.
This will be Tillerson’s first visit to the continent as America’s top envoy. Observers are keen to see how he will handle the concerns in most parts of Africa over Trump’s plan to deeply cut US foreign aid and reduce the US contribution to UN peacekeeping missions such as MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Rex visit comes after Mr. Trump angered African leaders by complaining about African immigration from “shithole countries” in a White House meeting, according to Sens. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). The president has said he used different language.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the details of Mr. Tillerson’s trip have yet to be finalized.
UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS IN AFRICA
DR Congo: UN’s largest mission
Since 1999, the UN has been trying to pacify the eastern region of the DR Congo. The mission known as MONUSCO has nearly 20,000 soldiers and an annual budget of $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros). Despite being the largest and most expensive mission of the United Nations, violence in the country continues
MONUSCO is the biggest and most expensive UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is only one of the many other African countries where the ‘Blue helmets’ are intervening.