During the first ever U.S. presidential visit to Kenya, Barack Obama says America will work more closely with Kenya in the fight against militant threats. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The red carpet is rolled out for U.S. President Barack Obama, arriving to enthusiasm at Kenya's State House. Obama says the U.S. is ready to work more closely with Kenya in the battle against Islamist group al Shabaab in neighboring Somalia. And THAT was high on the agenda in talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "...We reaffirm that we stand united in the face of terrorism." Kenyans can't forget the 2013 attack by al Shabaab militants on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall. Sixty-seven people died in the bloody rampage. And in April, the militants took 148 more lives... when gunmen attacked a university in Kenya's northeast. Kenyatta says his country is fighting for peace. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KENYAN PRESIDENT, UHURU KENYATTA, SAYING: "We are fighting global terrorists who seek to destroy our way of life. Left undefeated, they will redraw the international system and make room for violent extremism and tyranny." Obama said Washington would give more training and funding to Kenya -- a key ally in the fight against al Shabaab -- to ensure the African nation doesn't crumble under militant threats.