US aids Africa for support

Added On March 9, 2018

The U.S. has announced Tuesday it will provide additional aid for African countries while asking for greater cooperation on the global stage.
In a speech at the George Mason University in Virginia, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would provide around 533 million U.S. dollars in extra aid to Africa.
SOUNDBITE(English): REX TILLERSON, U.S. Secretary of State
“Today I’m announcing $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance to fight famine and food insecurity and address other needs resulting from conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Lake Chad Basin.”
In the speech delivered ahead of his eight day trip to Africa, Tillerson also asked for the help of African countries in tackling global issues. 
SOUNDBITE(English): REX TILLERSON, U.S. Secretary of State
“As many African countries assume greater responsibility to address their needs at home, the United States needs our partners in Africa to take an active role on the global stage as well. One area where we seek greater cooperation is our peaceful pressure campaign to bring the DPRK to the negotiating table.”
The top U.S. diplomat also urged more African countries to join Washington in its "maximum pressure" strategy against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), aiming to curb the latter's nuclear development.
SOUNDBITE(English): REX TILLERSON, U.S. Secretary of State
“Nations in Africa need to do more. Angola and Senegal have taken steps to exert some diplomatic and economic pressure. The Ethiopian Government has made public commitments of support as well. But many African nations are holding back. We hope they will add their voices to that of the international community and end these diplomatic, economic, or weapons programs.”
Tillerson added that the U.S. would like closer ties with the African continent, as well as more economic and trade exchanges.
SOUNDBITE(English): REX TILLERSON, U.S. Secretary of State
“Africa still has vast, undeveloped natural resources. Private sector expertise in the United States can facilitate the responsible development of those resources, helping bring more Africans out of poverty to share in the economic values of those resources.”
Tillerson's eight day trip to Africa starts on Tuesday and will take him to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria.