Secretary of State John Kerry is in Somalia on an unannounced visit, a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country.

He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.

Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport around noon local time Tuesday.

He will meet with Somalia's president, prime minister and regional leaders, and civil society groups.

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Klapper reported from Nairobi, Kenya.