NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nairobi on Sunday afternoon for a series of meetings with Kenyan officials, including President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kerry’s jet landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) shortly after 3 pm.
He was received by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and US Ambassador Robert Godec.
There was tight security at the JKIA where US security forces sealed off a large section of the airport where his jet landed.
Kerry is visiting the country ahead of US President Barack Obama’s July tour, the first in the country since he became president.
Part of his official itinerary is holding talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on terrorism, trade and investment, according to the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary.
“Kerry’s visit is a clear indication of a solid and strong relationship between Kenya and the United States, the visit is going to lay the road map for the visit of US President Barack Obama in July, between now and then we also expect other visits form the US,” she said.
His visit in the country is seen as a “reset” of US-Kenya relations which were previously strained.
“We are looking to engage the secretary on where we are in terms of Obama’s visit, our challenges, what needs to be done, issues of security, investment opportunities and other programs we have put in place during Obama’s visit,” she said.
Obama has lately reaffirmed his commitment to help Kenya fight terrorism among other key initiatives aimed at repositioning the country as the region’s economic power house.