US Urges African Nations to Put Diplomatic, Economic Pressure on N Korea

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Tillerson's trip to Ethiopia is scheduled to briefly overlap with a visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said he had requested a meeting.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have had no meeting in Ethiopia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Friday, adding that such a meeting is no longer expected there.

The Russian Embassy said on its Facebook account that the same way fake news are published about the Lavrov-Tillerson meeting, USA media speak about Russia's aggressive attitude towards the people in West Ghouta, in Syria. On Wednesday, he flew to Ethiopia at the start of his first diplomatic trip to the continent.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this evening met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the beginning of his three-day visit in the country and assured him of his Government's commitment to Kenya on trade and security.

The US Secretary of State appreciated the cooperation between his country and Kenya on security in Somalia and South Sudan.

Tillerson said Chinese investments "do not bring significant job creation locally" and criticized how Beijing structures loans to African government.

"We have agreed to work for the strengthening of the trade and commercial relations between Africa and the USA, including the post-AGOA - the African Growth and Opportunity Act", he said.

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Mahamat, on Tillerson's remarks about China's roles in Africa, said the African continent had many partnerships.

"The United States and the AU share a commitment to combat corruption, which in turn improves the conditions for free and fair trade, enables an open environment for business, and sets the stage for good governance, the readout said".

However, we think it's important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those investments, and we witness the model that the Chinese follow. For the last three years, Kenya has received more than $100 million annually in US security assistance.

Tillerson reiterated previous calls for African states to cut ties with North Korea.

Reports show that in recent years Chinsese government loan to African countries has been increasing reaching between 50% to 200% of a GDP of a country.

He will then visit Kenya, a key US ally in the fight against al Shabaab Islamist militants in Somalia, before traveling to Chad and Nigeria, which are also battling to contain Islamist insurgents.

"I want to say that this is untrue", Lavrov stressed.