Secretary Kerry Makes Whirlwind Trip to Nairobi
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield, had a short but busy visit to Kenya. While in Nairobi for one day, Secretary Kerry met with H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues, counterterrorism cooperation, and bilateral issues. He also met with Kenyan Foreign Minister Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa. Topics included the prospects for resumption of a political process in South Sudan, support to Somalia’s political transition and the ongoing fight against al-Shabaab.
Secretary Kerry had a chance to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the Mandela Washington Fellows programs. Over 50 Fellows and YALI Regional Leadership Center alumni had a diverse question and answer session with the Secretary discussing issues ranging from climate change, disability rights, responsible investing, and countering violent extremism.