Tillerson cancels day's events in Africa due to illness

Tillerson falls ill on Africa tour, cancels events
US Secretary of State cancels day's events in Kenya because of illness
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11 March, 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because "he is not feeling well", a State Department spokesman said.

The news came a day after US President Trump shocked the world, agreeing to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un by May. While the nature of the illness was not disclosed, it was understood not to be serious, the BBC reported.

Tillerson had a light schedule for Saturday, with plans to visit a site run by the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, and then lay a wreath at the site of the August 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in downtown Nairobi.

The audacious diplomatic gambit, which was taken before consulting key confidantes including Tillerson - who was in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at the time - left aides scrambling to catch up.

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He was expected to hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on a bewildering array of issues including trade and the war on terror.

The US Secretary of State will be in the country until Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monicah Juma on March 9, 2018 in Nairobi, following his arrival to Kenya from Ethiopia, on his five-nation tour of Africa.

"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.


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