‘Tillerson’s Africa visit sign of improving relations’


By Hassan Isilow and Felix Nkambeh Tih

JOHANNESBURG /ANKARA

The just-concluded weeklong visit by the U.S. secretary of state to five African countries implies President Donald Trump’s administration is improving relations with Africa, according to a leading analyst.

“The trajectory that had not been looking good has improved,” Brooks Spector, a former US diplomat who served in Africa and Asia, told Anadolu Agency Tuesday, before news that Rex Tillerson is being dismissed from the secretary of state post, due to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

How the change at the State Department helm will affect U.S.-African relations is not yet known.

Brooks said the Trump administration had expressed lesser interest in Africa, for example by not appointing an ambassador…

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