By Ajogwu Jerry 

The African Union (AU) and the U. S. on Thursday discussed ways of improving their partnership.

The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visited and held talks with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Mahamat, at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Tillerson appreciated the efforts and great role the AU plays in economic regional integration of Africa and ensuring peace and stability on the continent, as well as strengthening the African Center for Disease control, on which he said U.S. is keen to forge closer collaboration.

At the end of  the meeting, the duo told the press that they have discussed ways of improving  partnership between Africa and the U.S. in trade, peace and security, health, fight against corruption and illicit financial flow.

Tillerson was due to meet with Ethiopian officials on Thursday afternoon before flying to tiny Djibouti, host to sprawling military bases owned by the U.S., China, Japan, France, and Italy.

He will also visit Kenya, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al Shabaab Islamist militants in Somalia, before traveling to Chad and Nigeria, which are also battling to contain Islamist insurgents.

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