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AU Chief meets US Secretary of State

Date: Mar 8, 2018

Washington's top diplomat began his first Africa tour Thursday by meeting with the African Union Chief, who said the continent had moved on from a reported insult by President Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat discussed security and counter-terrorism, trade and development, corruption and conflict in an hour-long meeting at the continental body's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital.

However, looming over the meeting was Trump's alleged description of Africa as a "shithole" in January, which forced the president to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to the continent and dispatch his top diplomat to try to heal rifts.

Faki, however, insisted the slur was now in the past. "I received a letter written by President Trump to myself and I shared that with other African leaders. I believe this incident is in the past," he said.

--AFP--

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