Rex Tillerson cancels day's events in Kenya over illness

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in the middle of a week-long trip to Africa, canceled his public schedule in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday because he was not feeling well, the State Department said. The five-nation trip to Africa has coincided with two major foreign-policy events: President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, and the dramatic announcement on Thursday evening that the president would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May.

A rigorous schedule that included stops in three African countries Friday has been made even more strenuous for Tillerson by events in Washington.

Tillerson's planned schedule for Saturday also included a site visit to PEPFAR, a U.S. program that works to fight AIDS in the continent. While the nature of the illness was not disclosed, it was understood not to be serious, the BBC reported.

"Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others", spokesperson Steve Goldstein told reporters travelling with Mr Tillerson.

He was expected to hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on a bewildering array of issues including trade and the war on terror.

The US Secretary of State appreciated the cooperation between his country and Kenya on security in Somalia and South Sudan, saying the US stood ready to offer additional assistance whenever called upon to do so.

Tillerson is due to travel to Chad on Monday then on to Nigeria a day later.