Rex Tillerson lands in Abuja, meets Buhari

Four days into official visit, Tillerson falls sick in Kenya, cancels engagements

From Chad he briefly visited Nigeria for the final stage of his mini-African tour.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting started shortly after Tillerson's arrival at the State House, Abuja around 4.07 p.m.

In September, the Trump administration added Chad, a key counterterrorism ally, to its updated travel ban.

Tillerson's message of growing USA cooperation with Chad, a key counterterrorism partner, was overshadowed by palpable hurt and resentment over Chad's position on an inglorious list that includes North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.

A Press Advisory from the U.S. Embassy had said that Tillerson would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

In the case of the elephants, conservationists appeared to have a powerful ally in President Donald Trump, who intervened personally past year to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from lifting the Obama-era ban on tusks imported from Zambia and Zimbabwe. "These steps are going to allow us to take action to begin to normalize" the situation, he said. And in the months since, the US has repeatedly praised Chad's efforts to improve its compliance with USA requirements.

Nonetheless, the trip hasn't been easy for Tillerson.

Tillerson's week-long, five-country visit to Africa has come amid other urgent foreign policy developments, including Thursday's announcement that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tillerson, 65, reportedly fell ill while in Kenya and had to cancel planned events in Nairobi on Saturday, March 10.

"The Secretary is feeling better and will resume his normal schedule tomorrow (Sunday)", Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein told the pool reporters traveling with the secretary.

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