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John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

US Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia, making him the highest-ranking official to visit the countryJohn Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation. The top US diplomat was spending just a few hours in the capital, Mogadishu, and was not scheduled to leave the confines of the fortified airport where he met with Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake. Officials said Kerry’s visit was designed to give a diplomatic push to Somalia’s internationally-backed government in their fight against Al-Qaeda’s Somalia branch, the Shebab, as well as efforts to build political security in the war-torn country.

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