Sick in Kenya, will Tillerson make it to Nigeria, Chad? Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fell ill in Kenya on Saturday and canceled scheduled events there. It was not clear whether he would be able to make it to Nigeria and Chad as scheduled.

Mr. Tillerson is on his first official trip to Africa since President Donald Trump appointed him last year. He had visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya on this trip but fell ill on Saturday, officials said.

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“The secretary is not feeling well after a long couple days working on major issues back home such as North Korea,” the state department said, according to the BBC.

Reports had repeatedly said Mr. Tillerson, who is not often consulted by President Trump on issues that should normally involve diplomacy, was on the brink of resigning. But he had defied all predictions and remained in office.

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The news of Mr. Tillerson falling sick in Kenya came after President Trump surprised everyone, announcing that he had accepted an invitation to meet with Kim Jong-un. Mr. Tillerson was in Ethiopia when news broke out that President Trump would meet with the North  Korean leader. He was not consulted, according to reports.

It was not clear whether the announcement had anything to do with his illness as the decision was reported to have been taken without consultation with key advisers, including Mr. Tillerson.

Tillerson had told reporters just hours before the surprise announcement that Washington was “a long way” from talking directly to North Korea, BBC said.

“Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others,” spokesperson Steve Goldstein told reporters travelling with Mr Tillerson.

On Saturday, Mr. Tillerson was to visit a US-funded HIV/AIDS programme and attendance at a ceremony marking 20 years since Al-Qaeda bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people.

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