US Announces $533m Humanitarian Assistance For Nigeria, Others

US Announces $533m Humanitarian Assistance For Nigeria, Others

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised China's economic engagement in Africa, ahead of his first official visit to the continent.

He will spend about a week on the continent visiting countries that play key roles in addressing Africa's security challenges, including Nigeria, Chad and Djibouti, which houses the only permanent USA military base in Africa.

In a speech in Virginia on Tuesday, Tillerson said Chinese investment has the potential to address Africa's infrastructure gap.

This is a breaking news to be updated shortly.

Tillerson's words came just before his departure later on Tuesday for an 8-day tour of Africa.

According to him, he looks forward to returning and building on a strong foundation of U.S. -Africa relations, including visiting Chad, a country that has never before welcomed a visit by the Secretary of State.

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"Although Africa needs sustained investment and engagement from members of the worldwide community, China has been largely a negative actor in the region for some time", Smith said.

The US department of state said during a background briefing on the first trip of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Africa, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in NY.

China is aggressively working to expand its regional influence, which is something of concern to USA lawmakers.

"The American people, as we always have been, are there to partner with African countries to ensure their most vulnerable populations receive life-saving assistance". In November, after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it would lift the Obama-era ban, Trump personally intervened to keep it in place. The U.S. planned to direct $128 million to help with Nigeria and the Lake Chad region nations.

It noted further that "humanitarian aid is truly life-saving", adding also that "this assistance will not solve these crises, most of which are largely manmade", and calling on all parties to allow aid workers safe and unhindered access to help communities in need.

Though he has yet to visit as diplomat, Tillerson is not a stranger to Africa, which he visited frequently in search of deals in his previous job as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

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