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U.S President Barack Obama arrives in Kenya under tight security


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U.S President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya on the first visit to his father’s home as serving US president. BBC reported that Obama's Air Force One touched down at Nairobi's international airport shortly before 20:10 local time ( 17:10 GMT).

According to reports, Mr. Obama was received at the airport by Kenyan  President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace. BBC says Mr Obama also hugged his half-sister Auma, who then travelled in the presidential limousine to the hotel where the US leader is staying.

During his two-day visit Mr Obama will hold talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top officials.

Trade will feature strongly, but Mr Obama also said he would deliver a "blunt message" to African leaders about gay rights and discrimination.The trip to Kenya and then Ethiopia is also designed to show US commitment to fighting terror in East Africa.

According to BBC, security is tight. The Kenyan capital is in lockdown, many streets are closed and people are opting to stay at home.

Mr Obama, the first sitting president to visit Kenya, will hold talks on trade and investment, and also security and counter-terrorism.He also becomes the first US leader to address the African Union when he travels on to Ethiopia on Sunday.