March 12, 2018 / 1:00 PM / 10 days ago

Steps underway should allow U.S. to lift Chad travel ban - Tillerson

N’DJAMENA, March 12 (Reuters) - United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that steps were under way that should allow Chad, an important American ally in the fight against Islamist groups in West Africa, to be removed from a U.S. travel ban list.

Speaking in the capital N’Djamena, he said a report on Chad’s progress towards strengthening controls on passports and improving information sharing was being prepared in Washington and would be reviewed by President Donald Trump next month.

Tillerson also said he was concerned about the presence of Islamic State-allied militants in West Africa.

Reporting by pool reporter Writing by Joe Bavier Editing by Tim Cocks

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