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John Kerry makes unannounced trip to Somalia; 1st US secretary of state ever to visit country

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 4, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to speak at a news conference at the Nairobi Sankara Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. 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. Kerry, the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit the country, arrived at Mogadishu's airport around noon local time Tuesday, May 5. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 4, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to speak at a news conference at the Nairobi Sankara Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. 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. Kerry, the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit the country, arrived at Mogadishu's airport around noon local time Tuesday, May 5. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country.  Kerry is the first U.S. Secretary of State to ever visit the country. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. Kerry is the first U.S. Secretary of State to ever visit the country. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by Special Representative for Somalia James McAnulty, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country.  Kerry is the first U.S. Secretary of State to ever visit the country. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by Special Representative for Somalia James McAnulty, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. Kerry is the first U.S. Secretary of State to ever visit the country. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

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.