US: Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on Syria at the State Department in Washington, DC, on August 26, 2013. The United States said Tuesday that chemical weapons had been used against Syrian civilians and warned President Barack Obama would demand accountability for this "moral obscenity." Employing his strongest language yet, Kerry said Washington was still examining evidence, but left no doubt that Bashar al-Assad's regime would be blamed. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti from May 2, the State Department said today.

It will be Kerry’s first trip to Sri Lanka and the first visit by a US secretary of state since 2004. In Colombo, he will meet with the country’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, who beat the country’s long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election in January.

In Kenya, he will focus on trade and US investment, as well as regional security and the threat from Somalia’s al Shaabab militants. Afterwards, on May 5, he will travel to Djibouti where he will meet the country’s leaders and discuss their support for evacuation efforts from conflict-hit Yemen.   – UNI