Secretary Kerry to Travel to Nairobi, Sokoto, Abuja, and Jeddah

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to
Nairobi, Kenya, on August 22 to meet with President
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 to
Somalia’s political transition and ongoing fight against
al-Shabaab.  He will have the opportunity to meet with
participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and
the Mandela Washington Fellows programs.
The Secretary will travel to Sokoto, and Abuja, Nigeria,
on August 23-24. He will meet with President Buhari
to discuss counterterrorism efforts, the Nigerian
economy, the fight against corruption, and human
rights issues. In Sokoto, he will deliver a speech on
the importance of resilient communities and religious
tolerance in countering violent extremism.  In Abuja,
the Secretary 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 our global effort to
counter Da’esh and violent extremism.

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