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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have had no meeting in Ethiopia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Friday, adding that such a meeting is no longer expected there.

Chad, Kenya and Nigeria are all battling Islamic extremism, with help from the USA, while Djibouti hosts the only permanent U.S. military base on the continent.

The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is in Addis Ababa for official visit, today advices African countries to be cautious about their sovereignty while dealing with the Chinese investments.

During his trip, he will also meet with U.S. Embassy personnel and participate in events related to U.S. government-supported activities.

"There is no question about U.S. commitment to Kenya on trade and security", Mr Tillerson said during the meeting at State House, Nairobi.

Tillerson said Chinese investments do not create jobs in African countries and a government that accepts a loan from China risks losing control of its own infrastructure or its own resources.

He said the United States was also eager to engage Kenya in the Big Four to assist in its delivery, especially on relevant investments.

"We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese investment dollars out of Africa; they are badly needed".

"The President himself wrote a personal letter to the chairperson, reaffirming the importance of this relationship from the standpoint of all aspects that I covered in answering a previous question", he said.

The most senior U.S diplomat says he is in Africa to listen to the demands of the continent.

"Africans are mature enough to engage in partnerships of their own volition", he said.

For his part, Uhuru said the solid friendship and cooperation encourages Kenya to strengthen its resolve to work together with the US.

The AU expressing its disappointment said the remark by the U.S. president dishonours the celebrtaed American creed.

A central theme of the trip - as it has been with stops in the rest of the world - has been to warn countries against entering into too many financing deals with China, which has for more than a decade made deep investment and trade inroads into the continent, sometimes by saddling countries with heavy debt to fund infrastructure projects.

"When you look at the set of countries that are being visited I think it kind of reinforces the perception that security, indeed, is the overwhelming focus", said Brahima Coulibaly, the director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings Institution.


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