Chad’s government has made progress on measures that may help “normalize” its relationship with the U.S. after its inclusion in the Trump administration’s visa-ban list, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
Tillerson met Chadian President Idriss Deby for talks in the capital, N’Djamena on Monday, where the travel ban was discussed, Tillerson told reporters in the city.
Chad’s government has taken “many, many important positive steps” on improving technology used in passport issuance and dealing people who are of concern, Tillerson said at the briefing. “These steps are going to allow us to take action to begin to normalize” the situation, he said.
Deby criticized the inclusion of Chad in the list, Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif told reporters at the briefing.
“The president expressed his incomprehension with respect to this measure and he does hope Chad will be dropped soon from this list,” Cherif said.
President Donald Trump imposed travel restrictions on travelers from Chad and eight other countries last year. The other nations on the list include North Korea, Libya and Iraq.
Tillerson is on the penultimate leg of a five-nation tour of Africa that’s taken him to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. He travels to Nigeria later on Monday.
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