The United States is mulling a lift to the travel ban in place on Chad, according to Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims ‘Bolivarian Diaspora’ can no longer be ignored MORE.
Tillerson made the comments during his first diplomatic trip to Africa, Reuters reported. The State Department said Chad is an “important partner” in the fight against terrorist groups and the country had made crucial steps to increase power over its security apparatus.
“These steps I think are going to allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad,” said Tillerson, as reported by the news outlet.
Tillerson visited Chadian capital N’Djamena on what was later announced to be the last day of his African visit.
Tillerson, who had visited Chad while CEO of ExxonMobil, called the African nation an “important partner.”
Tillerson is reportedly cutting his Africa trip short due to scheduling demands. He also canceled events in Kenya during the trip due to illness.
The Trump administration in September added Chad, a key counterterrorism ally, to its updated travel ban.
The various versions of Trump’s travel ban have faced opposition in U.S. courts. The Supreme Court in April is slated to take up the latest version.