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High profile diplomat lands in Nairobi

Blinken is set to visit three countries; Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, is greeted by Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, left, as he arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 17, 2021. - Blinken begins a five day trip to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

As majority of the population slept US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken jetted into the country with minimal fanfare as he officially begins his first visit to Africa.

Blinken was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary. With her was Kenya's Ambassador to Washington DC Lazarus Amayo.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Blinken and CS Raychelle Omamo, will on Wednesday at Serena Hotel hold a press briefing, stating the purpose of his visit and the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD).

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Blinken is eager to draw a distinction with previous president Donald Trump, who made no secret of his lack of interest in Africa, becoming the only president in decades not to visit the continent.

The State Department said the Blinken will advance US-Africa collaboration on shared global priorities, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic and building back to a more inclusive global economy, combatting the climate crisis and advancing peace and security.

Other engagements by the envoy include a meeting with civil society group, thereafter a tour of the August 7th Memorial Park, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Karura Forest and later attend a Conservation and Climate change event.

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Blinken's upcoming visit to Kenya is part of a three-nation tour to Africa that also includes trips to Nigeria and Senegal.

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