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Tillerson falls ill ahead of visit to Nigeria

Chinedu Asadu

Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, canceled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of his visit to Kenya because he was “not feeling well”, the US state department has said.

Tillerson is four days into his first diplomatic trip to Africa, where he has visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.

He is also scheduled to visit Chad and Nigeria, where he will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The secretary is not feeling well after a long couple days working on major issues back home such as North Korea and has canceled his events for the day,” Reuters quotes Steve Goldstein, US state department spokesman, as saying.

“Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others.”

Goldstein later said the secretary’s health had improved and he “will resume his normal schedule tomorrow (Sunday)”.

Despite the trip to Africa, Tillerson is said to also be involved in behind the scenes discussions on a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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