[BREAKING] Why we are negotiating for release of Dapchi, Chibok girls

BREAKING: US Secretary of State Aborts Nigeria Trip, Returns to Washington

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Chad Monday to show US support for a key counter-terrorism ally furious over its inclusion on the Trump administration's visa-ban list.

The United States is developing mechanisms in the form of 'Public Private Partnerships (PPP)' for infrastructure development as alternatives to Chinese loans for African nations, an American official said Monday.

"I think that's the best way we can help the government of Nigeria secure the release these girls, which we hope will be done in a peaceful manner", he added.

He was received by the Foreign affairs minister Geofrey Onyeama at the forecourt of the Villa. "That's our prayer", Tillerson said.

President Buhari said Nigeria has chosen the option of negotiation over the use of force to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok girls in the custody of the insurgents.

In his words to Tillerson, Buhari said "We are trying to be careful".

A key mission for Tillerson will be to ensure sustained Chadian cooperation, while also easing its displeasure for being included last September on the visa-ban list.

Chad a year ago was stunned to find itself on one of six mainly-Muslim countries whose countries are affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Tillerson had initially been scheduled to stay in Abuja overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with United States embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.

The Secretary expressed concern about the recent attacks and abductions and agreed to expand counterterrorism cooperation to diminish the threats to US and Nigerian interests. He says he believes those steps will "allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad".

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