Kerry in Kenya to discuss regional security

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived on Sunday in Kenya to hold talks with leaders of the East African nation that are expected to focus on regional security and extremism.

Kerry’s plane touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday night, where he was welcomed by Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohamed. Presidential spokesperson Manoah Esipisu had said earlier that Kerry will hold discussions with President Uhuru Kenyatta on regional security and stability.

Esipisu says specific issues likely to be discussed include stabilizing northern neighbour South Sudan, which is dealing with a recent upheaval, and developments in Somalia and Burundi.

Somalia faces key parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in October. A homegrown al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabaab continues to launch deadly attacks in the capital. The country has been trying to rebuild after establishing its first functioning central government since 1991.

Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term that many in the opposition consider unconstitutional.

Kerry on Tuesday and Wednesday then visits Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of about 160 million people and one of its largest economies.

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