United States Secretary of State, John Kerry visits Kenya to hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other East African foreign ministers.
Kerry flew into the country Sunday night and was received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
In a series of tweets, the Cabinet Secretary expressed gratitude for the cordial relations with the United States exemplified in exchange of high level visits.
Kenya appreciates the cordial relations with the United States exemplified in exchange of high level visits. pic.twitter.com/MdwAk6PQjc
— AMB:Amina Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) August 22, 2016
State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said at a briefing earlier Sunday.
The visit is also important because it cements the continued engagement between Kenya and the United States at a very senior level, a year after a visit to our country by President Barack Obama. I am sure that President Kenyatta and Secretary Kerry will take stock of our bilateral relations a year on and exchange views on how to strengthen our engagements
Secretary Kerry will be discussing regional security and efforts to fighting terrorism and violent extremism.
He first meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta before joining other ministers to talk about regional issues in South Sudan and the security in Somalia, where Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda linked extremist group continues to launch deadly attacks.
Somalia is set to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in the coming months. The country has been trying to rebuild after establishing its first functioning central government since 1991.
Kenya is considered a key player in the restoration of security, in these two neighboring countries.
Other issues to be discussed include US investments to the country specifically in the energy and infrastructure industries.