Trump's 'shithole' remark on Africa 'resolved' - African Union assures


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) is welcomed by his Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma and CAS Ababu Namwamba (L) upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport (JKIA) on Friday 09/03/2018 for official visit.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said China hopes that other countries will do better for Africa's development and treat China-Africa cooperation in a fair and objective manner. "However, we think it's important than African countries carefully consider the terms of those investments".

In January, Trump caused outcry on the continent after reportedly saying that some African countries were "shitholes", prompting several nations to summon their US ambassadors for explanation and demand apologies.

"About a third of these debts or loans are collateralized with natural resources".

Making matters worse, Meservey said there's increasing evidence China may be targeting financially-unsteady African countries in a cynical play to attain strategic assets through defaults.

Asked about the meeting that wasn't happening, Tillerson said the notion that the United States had rejected diplomatic engagement "is really silly - that's just silly".

If you look at other aspects of U.S. -Africa relations, namely diplomatic or economic, you haven't seen as much traction as we're seeing on the security front.

Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation, on Wednesday and visited the African Union headquarters on Thursday.

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

Tillerson reiterated USA 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.

On Tuesday, Tillerson said China "encouraged dependency, utilised corrupt deals and endangered Africa's natural resources".

By the year 2030, Africa will represent about one-quarter of the world's workforce, and by the year 2050, the population of the continent is expected to double to more than 2.5 billion people, with 70 per cent of them under the age of 30.

He also solicited African support in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Tillerson is due to fly to Djibouti, host to military bases owned by the U.S., China, Japan, France, and Italy.

"I want to say that this is untrue", Lavrov was quoted as saying by the Russian state news agency Tass.