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USA secretary of state on first official trip to Sub-Saharan Africa

USA secretary of state on first official trip to Sub-Saharan Africa

The visit could also indicate the direction of the Trump administration in Africa.

The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday announced almost $533 million in humanitarian assistance for African countries facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition.From this donation, South Sudan has been allocated the highest amount of funds totaling to $184 million for emergency food and nutrition assistance to help vulnerable populations. The visit will end March 13.

The U.S., in contrast, wants to partner with African countries while promoting rule of law and democratic development, he said.

The African Union, which represents 55 countries on the continent, demanded an apology from Trump.A group of African ambassadors to the United Nations also denounced Trump's remarks, saying they were "outrageous, racist and xenophobic".

Hours before leaving the U.S. Tuesday, Tillerson said the U.S.is committed to building on a "strong foundation of U.S. -Africa relations" and accused China of "encouraging dependency" in its approach to the continent.

America's top diplomat will have a lot of explaining to do after President Trump used a vulgar term to describe Africa, triggering outrage from the continent. But seeing as one of the objectives of the visit is to "spur mutually beneficial trade and investment", the Secretary of State can help us make sense of the USA trade policies towards Africa. The main agenda for countries like Nigeria and Chad would be forging a partnership to work to defeat terrorism and address the root causes of violent extremism. With several U.S. allies struggling to rein in Islamist extremist groups, and China increasingly making inroads on the continent, the USA security relationship will be the focus.

Amid the political crisis going on in Ethiopia and Kenya, the Secretary of State's visit to both countries will reveal what intervention measures the USA plans to take on both countries. "Democracy requires the inclusive, peaceful participation of a nation's citizens in the political process", he said. However, experts highlighted that the visit had no other motivation than to study ways for the United States to be bale to economically benefit even more from Africa, because the grounds of the U.S. foreign policy give priority to capital over any other aspect.

Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, is under a state of emergency amid anti-government protests.

Making Tillerson's job harder, he's showing up on the continent with few concrete goals or new actions to announce.


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