US’s Tillerson ‘not feeling well’, cancels activities in Kenya

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends UN Security Council meeting concerning North Korea's nuclear ambitions on December 15, 2017.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends UN Security Council meeting concerning North Korea’s nuclear ambitions on December 15, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because “he is actually not feeling well”, a State Department spokesman said.

“The secretary is actually not feeling well after a long couple days working on major issues back home such as North Korea as well as has cancelled his events for the day,” spokesman Steve Goldstein told reporters travelling with Tillerson.

“Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others,” said Goldstein, under-secretary of state for public diplomacy as well as public affairs at the State Department.

Tillerson, 65, is actually four days into his first diplomatic trip to Africa, where he has visited Ethiopia, Djibouti as well as Kenya, as well as is actually scheduled to go on to Nigeria as well as Chad.

During the trip he has also been involved behind the scenes in discussions within the administration on a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump as well as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A U.S. embassy official inside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, said U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec as well as Kenyan Health Minister Sicily Kariuki could attend events on Saturday morning.

Tillerson had been scheduled to lay a wreath at the site of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, in which more than 0 people were killed, as well as attend an event to highlight U.S. health assistance in Africa.

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