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December 17, 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves Kenya for Chad

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, March 12, 2018. /REUTERS
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, March 12, 2018. /REUTERS

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Kenya on Monday after a three-day visit that saw him meet the President and other officials.

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma, US ambassador Robert Godec and other government officials accompanied Tillerson to the JKIA.

He visited Djibouti and Ethiopia before Kenya and is now headed to Chad.

On March 11, Tillerson held talks with Juma and her Tourism counterpart Najib Balala in Nairobi.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs office said the meeting discussed modalities for managing and deepening relations between Kenya and the US.

Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma bids farewell to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he boards his plane to depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Juma and Tillerson agreed to establish bi-annual consultations that would review the state of Kenya-US relations and discuss and sign agreements to guide trade and investment.

The talks were a follow-up to the bilateral meeting held on Friday with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

More on this: Tillerson hold talks with CS Juma, Balala

Also read: US' Rex Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

When he arrived on Friday, the Secretary of State and the President discussed democracy and media freedom -  he said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.

The government shut down three television channels in January on the day opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath, then defied a court order to switch them back on. The stations had planned to live-stream the oath.

"We believe that there are actions that need to be taken in Kenya and that they need to correct certain actions like shutting down independent TV stations and threatening the independence of the courts," Tillerson told a news conference in Nairobi.

Read: Tillerson praises Uhuru-Raila meet, roots for free press and respect for courts

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