Africa 19.8.2016 11:45 am

US secretary of state to travel to Kenya on Monday

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks after a meeting with the Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA 07 January 2015. Secretary Kerry delivered remarks in English and French about the 07 January terror attack on the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Two masked gunmen with automatic rifles on killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the magazine, which had angered Muslims two years ago by publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.  EPA/SHAWN THEW

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks after a meeting with the Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA 07 January 2015. Secretary Kerry delivered remarks in English and French about the 07 January terror attack on the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Two masked gunmen with automatic rifles on killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the magazine, which had angered Muslims two years ago by publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. EPA/SHAWN THEW

In Sokoto, Kerry will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on August 22 to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counterterrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.

Secretary Kerry will also meet with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa, including the prospects for resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support for Somalia’s political transition and the ongoing fight against al-Shabaab.

Kerry will have the opportunity to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programs.

The secretary of state will travel to Sokoto, and Abuja, Nigeria, on August 23-24 where he will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss counterterrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption, and human rights issues.

In Sokoto, Kerry will deliver a speech on the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.

In Abuja, the American will meet with a group of adolescent girls working to change community perceptions that devalue the role of girls in society. He will also meet with northern governors and religious leaders.

On August 24-25, Secretary Kerry will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for a series of meetings with senior Saudi leaders, his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen.

His discussion will focus on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and efforts to restore peace and stability. Additionally, the leaders will discuss the region’s most pressing challenges, including Syria and the global effort to counter Da’esh and violent extremism.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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