US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington was considering lifting a travel ban on Chad, offering an olive branch to a key ally in the fight against terrorist groups in West Africa.
The top US diplomat flew into the Chadian capital N’Djamena on the last day of a truncated tour of Africa with stop-offs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Nigeria – all front-line partners against ISIL and al-Qaeda off-shoots.
It was his first diplomatic visit to the continent where many are still smarting from US President Donald Trump’s reported dismissal of states there as “sh**hole” countries in
January. Trump later denied making the comment.
Tillerson said Chad had made important steps to strengthen control over its security and passports. “These steps I think are going to allow us to begin to normalize the travel
relationship with Chad,” he told reporters.
A report on Chad’s progress was being prepared in Washington and would be…