U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will offer support to Somalia's
fragile government Thursday when she meets with Somali President Sheikh
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
The two will meet in Nairobi, Kenya, on what will be the second full day of Clinton's seven-nation tour of Africa.
Clinton says she expects to discuss steps the international community can take to support the Somali leader's efforts to stabilize his government.
On Tuesday, Mr. Sharif told reporters he considers the meeting with Clinton a "great opportunity." He said it signals how the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to back Somalia, which has endured 18 years of unrest.
Clinton met Wednesday with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and urged them to follow through with promised reforms and prosecute those responsible for last year's post-election violence.
She said the absence of strong, democratic institutions in Kenya has permitted -- in her words -- "corruption, impunity, politically motivated violence, human rights abuses and a lack of respect for the rule of law."
On Thursday, Mrs. Clinton will lay a wreath in a memorial park to mark the 11th anniversary of the U.S. embassy bombings in Nairobi. The attack along with a second embassy bombing in Tanzania killed 224 people.
She will also meet with U.S. embassy personnel and participate in a town forum in Nairobi.
Kenya is the first stop of Clinton's African tour that will also take her to South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.