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US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken arrives in Kenya.

[Kenya's Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo welcoming US Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken. Photo/Courtesy].

US secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has arrived in Kenya for an official tour to sub-Saharan Africa in which he is scheduled to hold key meetings before jetting off to Nigeria and Senegal.

Blinken arrived at midnight Tuesday and will hold meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta, visit the August 7th Memorial Park in Nairobi and Karura forest among other engagements.

The top US diplomat is hoping to demonstrate a broad commitment focused on democracy and climate change even as crisis in Ethiopia and Sudan escalates.

His arrival come amid security challenges in the country, with heightened security after 3 dangerous terror convicts escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison prompting heightened security following a twin bomb blast in neighbouring Uganda on Tuesday.

Two of the Kenyans terror suspects have since been apprehended.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the last inhabited region to be visited by Blinken, whose travels in the early months were rattled by Covid-19 precautions and the US exit from Afghanistan.

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 and disparaging African immigrants.

The visit comes weeks before Biden convenes a summit of democracies in Washington and on the heels of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where the Biden administration joined calls to move away from polluting fossil fuels.