US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Kenya where he is expected to hold talks with leaders of the East African nation focusing on regional security and extremism.

Kerry’s plane touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last night, where he was welcomed by Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohamed.

Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu had earlier said Kerry will hold discussions with President Uhuru Kenyatta on regional security and stability.

Esipisu says specific issues likely to be discussed include stabilising northern neighbour South Sudan, which is dealing with a recent upheaval, and developments in Somalia and Burundi.

Somalia faces key parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election in October. Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term that many consider unconstitutional.