Secretary Tillerson meets AUC chair Faki

Tillerson and Faki

The U.S. has lauded the African Union ( AU ) Commission for its efforts at Africa's integration, describing it as "a force for good".

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.

'We have not yet won that battle in Somalia and we must stay at it, ' Tillerson said.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was received Thursday morning at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. Tillerson is also touring African countries in what is his first visit to the continent as US Secretary of State.

"I reiterate our desire for more African nations to apply concrete diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea", Tillerson said.

In the Ethiopian capital, Tillerson commented on China's increasing dominance in Africa, warning countries not to "forfeit your sovereignty". Promotion of trade and investment between the United States and Africa, food and cyber securities as well as supporting intra-Africa trade were also among the topics of their discussions. In his opening remarks with Faki, he said the USA and Africa have "enjoyed many, many years of positive relationships". Beijing has pumped billions into infrastructure projects, though critics say the use of Chinese firms and labor undermines their value.

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If a government accepts a Chinese loan and "gets into trouble", he said, it can "lose control of its own infrastructure or its own resources through default".

Tillerson said "the goal of my trip to this continent is to listen".

"We insist that African problems need African solutions, and the worldwide community should respect the Africans' choice of resolving a conflict, and support them morally, politically and financially in training staff for peacekeeping operations, which Russian Federation has been actively doing", he said.

Tillerson reiterated US desire for more African nations to apply concrete diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, noting the global maximum pressure campaign, which has been supported by multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

Tillerson urged Ethiopia to move on from a state of emergency "as quickly as possible" and called for citizens in the tightly-run country to be given 'greater freedoms'. The Trump administration has said that Pyongyang earns hard currency from arms deals with African government and the trafficking of wildlife parts from Africa.



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