The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is in Kenya for talks later on Wednesday with President Uhuru Kenyatta, BBC reports.
The talks involve regional security issues including the conflict in Ethiopia, combating Islamist terrorism in Somalia, and reviving Sudan’s transition to a civilian government.
The US sees Kenya as a key partner and important influence in East Africa.
The State Department said that Mr Blinken – on his first African tour – will discuss cooperation in ending the Covid pandemic, investing in health and addressing the climate crisis.
Analysts say the visit is also intended to counter China’s growing economic influence in Africa.
Later in the week, Mr Blinken will travel to West Africa.