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

Chad's President Idriss Deby welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Presidential Palace in N'Djamena, Chad, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

N’DJAMENA (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 toward 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.