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UN Security Council visits Kenya to discuss Somalia

  • British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft, left, and Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, centre, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. and President of the United Nations Security Council and Sahle-Work Zewde, UN office Nairobi, gesture during a press conference at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, May 20, 2016, after meeting with president of Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.  Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists allegedly based in neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

    British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft, left, and Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, centre, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. and President of the United Nations Security Council and Sahle-Work Zewde, UN office Nairobi, gesture during a press conference at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, May 20, 2016, after meeting with president of Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists allegedly based in neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft , left, and Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. and President of the United Nations Security Council  address reporters at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Friday, May, 20, 2016, after meeting with president of Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.  Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists allegedly based in neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

    British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft , left, and Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. and President of the United Nations Security Council address reporters at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Friday, May, 20, 2016, after meeting with president of Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists allegedly based in neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, left, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. and President of the United Nations Security Council and Sahle-Work Zewde, UN office Nairobi, consult each other during a press conference at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Friday, May, 20, 2016, after meeting with president of Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.  Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists allegedly based in neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

    Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, left, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. and President of the United Nations Security Council and Sahle-Work Zewde, UN office Nairobi, consult each other during a press conference at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Friday, May, 20, 2016, after meeting with president of Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists allegedly based in neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)  (The Associated Press)

Members of the United Nations Security Council are visiting Kenya, which has been the scene of multiple attacks by al-Qaida-linked extremists based in neighboring Somalia.

Kenya's presidency said in a statement Friday that the Security Council members held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta focusing on the situation in Somalia, where Kenyan troops are part of African Union forces helping the government to put down an insurgency by Islamic extremists.

Kenya has been attacked repeatedly by the armed group al-Shabab, which opposes Kenya's military involvement in Somalia.

The statement by the presidency also said Kenya's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp was discussed.

The Security Council members were in Somalia Thursday to support the country's efforts to hold presidential elections amid deadly violence.