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Djibouti president meets US secretary of state


Djibouti Djibouti President IsmaA�l Omar Guelleh met here on Friday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who started his week-long five-nation tour across Africa on Wednesday.

In a speech before leaving Washington, Tillerson promised $533 million in humanitarian aid to select conflict-affected countries just months after President Donald Trump disparaged some African countries with a vulgar term.

A statement attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the secretary met with the Djiboutian president to affirm the US commitment to its broad partnership with the government of Djibouti as it addresses regional political, development and security challenges.

According to the statement, Secretary Tillerson thanked President Guelleh for continued security cooperation, which promotes the common economic and security interests of the people of Djibouti and the United States. He also encouraged the Djiboutian government to further efforts to make the Horn of Africa nation a more attractive destination for foreign investment.

The secretary's second stop, Djibouti, houses the only permanent American installation on the continent, Camp Lemonnier � a sprawling military base of 4,000 US service members and civilians that serves as a hub for counterterrorism operations and training.

At every stop on his trip which started in Ethiopia and would take him to Nigeria, Kenya and Chad, Tillerson is likely to confront feelings bruised by Trump's remarks in January that derided African countries with a crude term.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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