The US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry will next visit Kenya, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia on a counter- terrorism tour, the State Department said.
He will arrive Nairobi on Monday to meet with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta for talks on “regional security issues and counterterrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues”, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. He will also be speaking to his East African counterparts on notable issues like conflict in Sudan and Somalia and the fight against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants.
Tuesday, he will arrive Nigeria to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss counter-terrorism fight and efforts, anti-corruption fight, Nigerian economy and human rights issues. The US though has been ally to Nigerian on the counter-terrorism fight it has on the other hand spoken against the Armed Forces on violating the rights of civilians and Islamist terrorists.
Kerry will also visit Sokoto to speak on, “the importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism.”
On Wednesday he will proceed to Saudi Arabia where he will meet with his counterparts from the six-nation Gulf Corporation Council, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, and UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Kerry in Saudi Arabia will focus on the Yemen conflict, the war in Syria and the fight against Islamic State Group, the State Department said.
Credit: DAILY MAIL